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1st month of the 4th quarter of the 23rd year of the Bush-Clinton-Shrub-Obummer economic depression

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  "The odds against any new product's becoming even a moderate success are roughtly 5 to 1, and the odds against it becoming a smash hit are 100 to 1.   We know that out of every 100 new products or services 1, on average, becomes a real success and the foundation of a substantial and profitable business.   Another 19 or so become respectable bread-winners or productive specialties without ever becoming spectacular.   We also know that 1 of every 100 new products and services is as spectacular a failure as was the Edsel.   One, IOW, liquidates itself immediately.   19 others fade before they have done serious damage.   That leaves 60 of the new products and services that, in all probablity, will neither become successes to the point where they really earn their keep, nor turn into failures blatant enough to be abandoned.   60 out of every 100 new products and services have therefore to be pruned lest they become investments in managerial ego." --- Peter F. Drucker 1996 _The Executive in Action_ pp73-74  

 
 
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  "This redefinition [of 'judicial activism'] side-steps the whole crucial question whether the laws over-ruled were in fact consistent or inconsistent with the Constitution of the United States.   But this key issue is repeatedly left out of claims that the Supreme Court is 'activist' when it fails to uphold legislation or particular precedents [and, instead, follows what the Constitution actually says]." --- Thomas Sowell 2010 _Intellectuals & Society_ pp173-174  

 
 

 

 


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

2012 October

1st month of the 4th quarter of the 13th year of the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama economic depression


 
 

2012-10-01

2012-10-01
Caleb Shaw
September panics and Smurphy's law
"I used to like the September Panic because I often could hijack a thread by bringing up the subject of Vikings.   I'd rather talk about Vikings floating around during the MWP, than a bunch of bergs floating around and melting today.   The September Panic also entertained me because I used to learn about all sorts of things I didn't know about.   The debate always involved people clobbering each other with facts, and hitting each other over the head with links.   In the process you'd learn all sorts of fascinating trivia about Norwegian fishermen in the 1920s, and arctic explorers in the 1800s, and even some science.   For example, fresh water floats on top of saltier water, unless it is the Gulf Stream, which is saltier water floating on top of fresher water because it is warmer, until it gets colder.   This science crosses your eyes, in a pleasant manner, and leads inevitably to discussions about thermohaline circulation, which is fascinating, because so little is known about it."

2012-10-01
Paul Hsieh _PJ Media_
medical licensing laws harm patients and trap doctors: government medical licensing is morally and economically wrong

2012-10-01
Ryan Maue
cyclone frequency and energy down over last 30 years

2012-10-01
Roger L. Simon _PJ Media_
media coup d'etat, media junta
"You will see that clearly in evidence on Wednesday night when the debates commence, each one moderated by a member of the [leftist] media nomenklatura.   It is under the guidance of this [leftist statism], under their own version of sharia, if you will, that the debates will be conducted and Mitt Romney judged...   in our media, in our schools, and through our entertainment.   It is as pervasive as the air we breathe and as unquestioned [by many]."

2012-10-01
Victor Davis Hanson _PJ Media_
the sane Californians are staying quiet in the face of the take-over by the insane leftists

2012-10-01
Matthew Vadum _PJ Media_
Obummer's war against military voters
"This bureaucratic assault comes in the form of the Obama administration's unconscionable foot-dragging on the implementation of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2009.   The legislation passed, in part, because the nonpartisan Military Voter Protection Project discovered in 2008 that under 20% of 2.5M military personnel voted by absentee ballot.   By 2010 that figure had shriveled to just 5%.   But the Obama administration, which moves at light-speed to undermine common-sense state voter identification laws, hasn't bothered to set up half of the installation voting assistance offices (IVAOs) required under the MOVE Act...   Mitt Romney scored the support of 58% of the military compared to President Obama's 34% in a Gallup poll this past May."

2012-10-01
Isaac Sweeney _Chronicle of Higher Education_
common culture vs. cultural niches vs. cultural ignorance
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "Bond-holders have a legal right to be paid what they were promised, whether the business is making money or losing money.   In that respect, they are like the business's employees, to whom fixed commitments have been made as to how much they would be paid per hour or per week or month.   They are legally entitled to those amounts, regardless of whether the business is profitable or unprofitable.   The owners of the business -- whether that is a single individual or millions of stock-holders -- are not legally entitled to anything, except whatever happens to be left over after a business has paid its employees, bond-holders, and other creditors...   what is left over an just as easily be negative as positive.   IOW, people who set up businesses may not only fail to make a profit but may even lose part or all of what they originally invested.   In short, stocks and bonds have different amounts of risk.   Moreover, the mixture of stocks and bonds sold by different businesses may reflect the inherent risks of those businesses themselves." --- Thomas Sowell 2000 _Basic Economics_ pg196  

 
 

2012-10-02 USA election 5 weeks (35 days) from today

2012-10-02
William McClenney
Can we predict the duration of an inter-glacial period or ice age?

2012-10-02
Patrick Thibodeau _ComputerWorld_/_IDG_
IBM's OPT recruiting ad stirs debate
"The OPT program can function as internship vehicle, a chance to gain experience in the U.S.A. before returning home, as well as a bridge to an H-1B visa once more visas are available this time next year.   Unlike a work visa, employers are not obligated to pay OPT workers prevailing wages protections.   Some employers are recruiting OPT workers directly, and this helps to make it controversial...   Ron Hira, a public policy professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology and high-skill immigration issues, said the policy rationale for extending the OPT to 29 months was to help bridge STEM graduates to H-1B cards...   'Foreign workers can be paid home country wages -- typically [only] $7K per year for an Indian software engineer -- for doing work in the U.S.A.', said Hira.   'And the company can legally displace American workers with workers on OPTs.'   But in general, Costa said that 'if an OPT stays and works for almost two-and a-half-years, to me that suggests they're working at a permanent job, and not a brief internship or traineeship.'...   According to government data, the median employee tenure for workers age 25 to 34 is now 3.2 years, said Costa."
OPTbuzz site dedicated to helping foreign students get internships

2012-10-02
Bridget Johnson _PJ Media_
DoL and OMB telling firms not to comply with WARN act, not to announce lay-offs expected to be necessary in January due to lack of federal budget

2012-10-02
Thomas E. Brewton
Obummer admin vs. USA's foreign policy interests

2012-10-02
Thomas Sowell _Town Hall_
cheap politicians are extremely expensive

2012-10-02
Mike Lorrey
correlation is not causation
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "Of the systems operating in 1929, those that were discontinued, closed to new employees, or suspended by 1932 involved less than 3% of all covered employees.   The large majority of these plans continued benefit payments to current pensioners.   85% to 90% of the plans in existence in 1932 were operating normally... even failing firms continued to make benefit payments as a matter of course.   Trade-union pension plans, by contrast, proved to be considerably less resilient." --- Jim Powell 2003 _FDR's Folly_ pg175 (citing Carolyn L. Weaver 1982 _The Crisis in Social Security: Economic and Political Origins_ pp63-64; Paul H. Douglas 1936 _Social Security in the United States: An Analysis and Appraisal of the Federal Social Security Act_ pp7, 9)  

 
 

2012-10-03

2012-10-03
Mike Shedlock _Town Hall_
US CEOs express reduced expectations for economy, less hiring

2012-10-03
Brent Bozell _Town Hall_
Obummer's old-world arrogance

2012-10-03
Terry Jeffrey _Town Hall_
Obummer's unconstitutional writ for military action in Libya

2012-10-03
Armstrong Williams _Town Hall_
spotlight on Iran

2012-10-03
Bob Barr _Town Hall_
beware electronic voting

2012-10-03
Roger L. Simon _PJ Media_
Barack Obummer, racial segregationist
"I have never been able to put my finger on exactly what it was that I so disliked about Barack Obama.   As a former sixties civil rights worker, I should have been attracted to, or at least inspired by, the first black presidential candidate and president, but I never was."

2012-10-03
Ric Werme
natural gas prices

2012-10-03
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
degreed folklorist in a can?

2012-10-03
Mark Hosenball _San Jose CA Mercury News_/_Reuters_
federal government arrests participants in ring to smuggle US defense micro-electronics to Russia: 164 individuals and firms involved

2012-10-03
Alisha Azevedo _Chronicle of Higher Education_
"GhostShell" hacks into university records that universities shouldn't have had in the first place

2012-10-03
Richard Fernandez _PJ Media_
reporters: 3 weeks later, confidential/secret docs lie scattered at site of US consulate to Libya

2012-10-03
John Merline _Investor's Business Daily_
5 of Obummer admin's economic fallacies

2012-10-03
Dominique Peridans _Center for Immigration Studies_
How about the rest of the story in civics class tale of personal immigration experience?
"As the Census bureau states, 'After the Communist takeover of Southeast Asia in 1975, hundreds of thousands of refugees began fleeing Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.'   In fact, between 1975 and 1989, 'almost 850K Southeast Asian refugees were admitted to the United States'...   the issue is not this particular person or her immigration status then or now...   The emotion of the story of this woman's journey was surely very touching.   But a class in civics demands more.   In this case especially, a class in civics demands exploring the issue of immigration to the United States and, therefore, the uncomfortable distinction between legal and illegal, and the various ways in which the former can occur."

2012-10-03 (5773 Tishrei 17)
John Stossel _Jewish World Review_
we fund dependency
Town Hall
"It made me wonder what my government does in buildings called 'job centers'.   So I asked a college intern, Zoelle Mallenbaum, to find out.   Here's what she found: 'First I went to the Manhattan Jobs Center and asked, Can I get help finding a job?   They told me they don't do that.   We sign people up for food stamps.   I tried another jobs center.   They told me to enroll for unemployment benefits.'   So the 'jobs' centers help people get hand-outs.   Neither center suggested people try the 40 job openings in the neighborhood...   GeorgiaWork$, a state program in that state, provided such poor training that only 14% of trainees were hired.   The Comprehensive Employment Training Act (CETA) operated more like a commercial for government handouts.   It launched door-to-door food stamp recruiting campaigns, and gave people free rides to welfare offices.   America now has 47 federal jobs programs.   They fail.   Yet politicians want more.   They always want more."

2012-10-03 (5773 Tishrei 17)
Wesley Pruden _Jewish World Review_
once more, stupid, it's the economy
"The economy is in the dumpster, the Middle East is ablaze with hatred for America, and the president keeps busy making it worse.   He's about to preside over the expansion of nuclear weapons into the hands of Islamic madmen."

2012-10-03 (5773 Tishrei 17)
Jonah Goldberg _Jewish World Review_
Obummer's foreign policy follies
Town Hall

2012-10-03 (5773 Tishrei 17)
Mona Charen _Jewish World Review_
an ambassador died. Obummer lied

2012-10-03 (5773 Tishrei 17)
Jack Kelly _Jewish World Review_
Obummer's record

2012-10-03 (5773 Tishrei 17)
Michelle Malkin _Jewish World Review_
debate questions that should be asked
Town Hall

2012-10-03 (5773 Tishrei 17)
Walter E. Williams _Jewish World Review_
trickle-down and government extortion reductions
Town Hall
index of Walter E. Williams columns at Jewish World Review

2012-10-03 (5773 Tishrei 17)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
government extortion of capital gains
Tennessean
Town Hall
Tennessean
"How are capital gains different from ordinary income? Ordinary income is usually guaranteed.   If you work a certain amount of time, you are legally entitled to the pay that you were offered when you took the job.   Capital gains involve risk.   They are not guaranteed.   You can invest your money and lose it all.   Moreover, the year when you receive capital gains may not be the same as the years when they were earned.   Suppose I spend 10 years writing a book, making not one cent from it in all that time.   Then, in the tenth year, when the book is finished, I may sell it to a publisher who pays me $100K in advance royalties.   Am I the same as someone who has a salary of $100K that year? Or am I earning $10K a year for 10 years' work?"
index of Thomas Sowell columns at Jewish World Review
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "[Leftism] as the answer to rising crime has been applied in both of the great democracies (Great Britain and the United States) now for the best part of half of a century.   It has been tested to destruction.   It has failed everywhere, overwhelmingly and manifestly -- except in one region; the minds of its advocates.   For them, [leftism] is a religion, an article of faith, born of conviction and not susceptible to proof or disproof." --- Paul Johnson 1994-01-04 Wall Street Journal  

 
 

2012-10-04

2012-10-04 05:30PDT (08:30EDT) (12:30GMT) (14:30 Jerusalem)
Scott Gibbons & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
DoL home page
DoL OPA press releases
historical data
DoL regulations
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 298,743 in the week ending September 29, a decrease of 4,942 from the previous week.   There were 332,394 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2% during the week ending September 22, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,815,352, a decrease of 26,169 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 2.5% and the volume was 3,165,909.   The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending September 15 was 5,088,612, a decrease of 85,386 from the previous week.   There were 6,859,096 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011.   Extended Benefits were only available in New York during the week ending September 15...   States reported 2,143,049 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending September 15, a decrease of 17,399 from the prior week.   There were 3,027,447 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2011.   EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.   [Note that the population used for calculating the "insured unemployment rate" (the divisor) changes roughly quarterly:
to 132,623,886 beginning 2007-10-06;
to 133,010,953 beginning 2008-01-05;
to 133,382,559 beginning 2008-04-05;
to 133,690,617 beginning 2008-07-05;
to 133,902,387 beginning 2008-10-04;
to 133,886,830 beginning 2009-01-03;
to 133,683,433 beginning 2009-04-04;
to 133,078,480 beginning 2009-07-04;
to 133,823,421 beginning 2009-10-03;
to 131,823,421 beginning 2009-10-17;
to 130,128,328 beginning 2010-01-02;
to 128,298,468 beginning 2010-04-03;
to 126,763,245 beginning 2010-07-03;
to 125,845,577 beginning 2010-09-25;
to 125,560,066 beginning 2011-01-15;
to 125,572,661 beginning 2011-04-02;
to 125,807,389 beginning 2011-07-02;
to 126,188,733 beginning 2011-10-01;
to 126,579,970 beginning 2012-01-01;
to 127,048,587 beginning 2012-04-07;
to 127,495,952 beginning 2012-07-14, and seasonal adjustment factors were revised.]
EUC (Excel)
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2012-10-04
_San Jose CA Mercury News_/_AP_
Applied Materials dumping about 1100 employees

2012-10-04
Anthony Watts
Roman/Han dynasty global warming?

2012-10-04
Anthony Watts
AP reported big jump in fraudulent pseudo-science

2012-10-04
Dave Gibson _Examiner_
Eric Holder's brother has been illegally employing illegal aliens
Raleign Carolina Journal
Americans for Legal Immigration
Breitbart

2012-10-04
John Nolte _Breitbart_
VP Joe Biden says: "Yes, we do want to raise taxes by $1T

2012-10-04
Chris Horner
warmist hysterics in government hiding docs from Freedom of Information Act

2012-10-04
"Cathleen" _From the Trenches World Report_
Voices without a Vote
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "Another provision is asset forfeiture.   The illegal activities of physicians that might lead to forfeiture could include providing an unnecessary service, failing to provide a necessary service, failing to report information to the national data bank, or even miscoding something.   There are no limits on asset forfeiture..." --- Jane Orient  

 
 

2012-10-05

2012-10-05
Anthony Watts
degree to which scientific method is applied to climate claims

2012-10-05
Norm Matloff _H-1B/ L-1/ Off-Shoring News-Letter_
MSFT lobbying show
 
MSFT recently made a dramatic full-court PR press for expanding the H-1B program, proposing a $10K user fee per visa, on top of current fees, to fund educational measure to remedy a supposed labor shortage in the computer area.   MSFT's Brad Smith made the proposal at yet another Brookings Institution forum.
 
MSFT also dispatched its "engineers" to the K-12 schools to drum up business.
 
I'll cover a number of issues here:
 
1.   There is no labor shortage in the computer field.
 
2.   MSFT could fill many, if not all, of its openings with highly-qualified Americans.
 
3.   MSFT has once again misrepresented their salary structure.
 
4.   It's time that the press started questioning the role of Brookings in the H-1B/green card issue.
 
A quick way to see that we don't have a tech labor shortage is to observe that Texas Instruments said so, at least for the Bachelor's degree level.   Moreover, TI said this during its testimony in which it urged Congress to expand foreign worker programs!
 
TI has been at the forefront over the years in pushing congress to expand the H-1B and EB-series green card programs, so their admission of a lack of a shortage should convince many of you.   But you insist on data-oriented evidence, there are, for instance, the Salzman and Lowell study, the flat salaries and so on.   You can find details and links to all of this in my latest research paper.
 
TI did claim a shortage at the PhD and Master's degree levels.   But that's an invalid claim too.   We have a surplus, at least at the PhD level (MSFT's Smith cited both the bachelor's and PhD levels in his presentation).
 
One way to see this is that it is now commonplace for new PhDs in computer science to work as post-docs after they finish their degrees.   This wasn't the case in the past, the SRI found that it is now a permanent part of the CS PhD degree trajectory -- due to a SURPLUS in the production of CS PhDs.   This too is discussed in my above research paper, but here is one new point showing this trend:
 
The University of Massachusetts/Amherst Computer Science Department is one of the best (say, top two dozen) in the nation.   In their periodic news-letters, they list their recent PhD graduates and the graduates' current place of employment.   Compare the current issue, 2012 summer (pdf) (pg14) to the corresponding issue in 2008.
 
The current crop includes several post-docs vs. only one in 2008.   (You can see all back issues.)
 
Of all the articles that have appeared since Smith made his proposal, I've seen only 2 that quote an opposing voice.   One is the Computerworld piece.   The Network World article does so too, ending with this passage:
 
Critics claim MSFT wants to hire more foreign workers because they are cheaper to employ.   Les French, president of the tech worker advocacy group WashTech, said in an e-mail [message] to Information Week, MSFT probably has "6K jobs to fill because they are enamored of foreign labor.   I doubt they couldn't fill the jobs from the available labor pool in the U.S.A."
 
Excellent point.   In my previous research, I found that MSFT hires only 2% of its applicants.   One can't expect the figure to be 100%, of course, as many applicants just aren't up [or down] to MSFT quality.   But with 6K openings, I agree that there are well-qualified U.S. workers available for many, if not most of those positions.
 
The Gates quote in the above article, for instance, cites the computer security area.   True, the quote is from 2005, but security is an even hotter area now than then, and I know of an excellent security expert who has been looking for a job for months.
 
One of the big problems is the age issue, as usual.   Recall that MSFT, in an unguarded moment, admitted that it doesn't hire many older workers for tech jobs (see my Brookings critique below).   Once again, keep in mind that 35 is "old".
 
Smith, BTW, once again repeats the claim that the typical starting salary for a software engineer is $100K.   The PERM green card data contradict that claim, and MSFT can't have it both ways: Either its claim not to under-pay foreign workers is false, or its $100K figure is wrong.
 
Actually, MSFT's whole PR press here is a repeat, reminiscent of the 1990s industry lobbyist statements along the lines of "We have a big STEM education gap to fill, but if we concentrate hard we can lick the problem, by golly!"   One ironic difference, though is that in 1996 senator Simpson proposed that employers pay a $10K user fee per H-1B hire, which the industry refused to agree to; now it's MSFT that is proposing a $10K fee.
 
Finally, why has Brookings been holding so many conferences on H-1B and employer-sponsored green cards, all with a pro-industry bent?   Why in particular have MSFT speakers featured prominently in the last 2 of these events?
 
Here is the likely answer, an article titled "The fine print: Brookings study on Google-DoubleClick deal funded by MSFT."
 
Brookings calls itself "independent", but the reality is that it is funded by donors, and donors like MSFT aren't the type to not want something in return for their money.
 
It's remarkable that no one in the press seems to have asked Brookings whether these conferences and the associated research has any funding from industry.
 
The same is true for the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, whose researcher Nicole Smith was also on the Brookings panel last week.   Significantly, Ms. Smith mentioned, "Well, I'm going to answer this because my Center at Georgetown, we recently just won a bid which is going to partner with the CTE..."   Did you catch that -- "won a bid".   This is how these think tanks stay in business, and in winning a research contract from some entity, the researchers are not likely to rock the boat with findings contrary to those desired by the funder.   The Georgetown center has also been funded by MSFT.   As the Watergate-era saying goes, "Follow the money".
 
Norm
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2012-10-05
J. Nicholas Hoover _Information Week_
How Obummer's and Romney's bad tech policies differ

2012-10-05
Anthony Watts
sign of sanity: EU energy commissioner warns against climate targets

2012-10-05
Penny Starr _Cybercast News Service_
OMB: Unconstitutional US government payments to UN up 142% since 2001

2012-10-05
Edwin S. Rubenstein _V Dare_
continued American worker displacement (with tables and graphs)
"Washington [DC] is giving foreigners around 100K work permits a month—but the unemployment rate fell below 8% for the first time since Barack Obama took office...   The real story is the long-run trend: the relentless displacement of native-born Americans by immigrants.   Neither the Democrats, the MSM (but I repeat myself) nor Conservatism Inc. want to talk about that...   The Pew Research Center estimates there were 11.2M illegal aliens living in the U.S.A. in 2010.   8M illegals were in the workforce that year—5% of the total.   By some estimates, illegals account for half of the overall growth in immigrant employment since 2000.   Illegal aliens do not show up in the Pay-roll Survey for the simple reason that employers who admit to hiring them risk stiff penalties (even though the [Obummer admin] appears to be abandoning enforcement of those laws)...   From 2009 January to 2012 September: Foreign-born employment rose 1.496M, or by 6.9%; Native-born employment fell by 0.743M, or by -0.6%."
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "In democracies, the Welfare State is the beginning and the Police State is the end.   The two merge sooner or later." --- Melchior Palyi 1949  

 
 

2012-10-06

2012-10-06
David Archibald
Dept. of Interior claims little reduction in natural gas prices: extraction responds to and mediates prices

2012-10-06
Denise Dick _Youngstown OH Vindicator_
English Center helps continuing excessive flood of legal and illegal immigrants overcome language barrier
"They learn about the culture of their students as well as their individual challenges and struggles.   Students enrolled hail from Puerto Rico, France, Morocco, Latvia, Uzbekistan, Iran, China, Korea, Columbia, the Philippines, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, Vietnam, Thailand and India.   The center also offers a citizenship course."

2012-10-06
Norm Matloff _H-1B/ L-1/ Off-Shoring News-Letter_
Keeping a secret
 
Some people just can't keep a secret.   :-)   Of course, it's not much of a secret in this case, and presumably the events will occur no matter who wins the presidency.
 
Indeed, there is always the possibility of "stealth" legislation during Congress' lame duck session.
 
Norm
2012-10-02: Times of India: US to review H-1B visa fee hike after elections
 
The United States has told India it was going to have a broader relook at its visa regime, but this will have to await the outcome of the US presidential election in November.
 
This was conveyed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna when he raised the issue at their bilateral meeting here Monday, according to official sources.
 
The US understood the Indian concern over the visa fee hike for professionals and are going to have a broader relook at the issue after the elections, she said.   However, the review would not be India specific.   India has protested the 2010 visa fee hike for professionals, which discriminates against Indian software companies that send employees to America on short-term contracts.
 
The US had raised the H-1B visa fee to $2K per visa application and L-1 by $2,700 per visa application to fund its enhanced costs on securing border with Mexico under the Border Security Act.
 
The US Emergency Border Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010 increased the fees for H-1B and L-1 categories of visas for applicants that employ more than 50 employees in the US or have more than 50 per cent of their employees admitted on non-immigrant visas (called the "50/50 rule").
 
As the US is the largest market for the Indian software exports, some of the top Indian companies -- TCS, Infosys, Wipro and Mahindra Satyam -- were affected by the US action on visa fee.
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Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "Some companies...crashed during the economic down-turn of the late 1990s, partly because their ambitions over-took their financial capabilities...   9 out of 10 businesses close after 12 months...   The remarkable thing about a vibrant economy is the very high failure rate of its 'entrepreneurs'.   Success in business goes against the odds." --- Gurcharand Das 2001 _India Unbound_ pp258, 260  

 
 

2012-10-07

2012-10-07
Tom Stafford _Springfield OH News-Sun_
Ohio politics: was Marcus Alonzo Hanna one of the inspirations for the "wizard of oz"?
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "Out of each 100 businesses started, 75 or so die before their 5th birth-day with management failure as the leading cause of death." --- Peter F. Drucker 1996 _The Executive in Action_ pg130  

 
 

2012-10-08: Columbus Day

2012-10-08
Jim Wolf _Reuters_
House intelligence committee says Red Chinese telecomm firms ZTE & Huawei are threat to US security
Jim Wolf: NBC/AP
CBS/AP
Michael S. Schmidt, Keith Bradsher & Christine Hauser: NYTimes
Jim Barthold: Fierce Telecomm
Jim Wolf & Lee Chyen Yee: Fox/AP
Jim Wolf & Lee Chyen Yee: Contra Costa CA Times
Manufacturing
Ken Dilanian: Los Angeles CA Times
Mac Daily News
2011-02-03: Matthew Dalton: Wall Street Journal: EU found Red Chinese government behind Huawei & ZTE
Bridget Johnson

2012-10-08
Rob Rogers _Billings MT Gazette_
Pictograph Cave park director received award

2012-10-08
Tom Blumer _PJ Media_
the job markets still stink

2012-10-08
Bob Tisdale
model vs. data: sea surface temperatures

2012-10-08
Bruce Thornton _Front Page Magazine_
the panic of the regressives after Obummer fell flat in debate

2012-10-08
Tony Lee _Breitbart_
foreign campaign funds undermine US sovereignty
Free Republic
Patterico
Conservative Byte
Education Views

2012-10-08
Mark Reed Levin
from today's show

2012-10-08
Mike Irwin _Wenatchee WA World_
harvesting machines
"'No ladders, no heavy bags, no trudging to a bin way down the row.', said Mulvaney, feeding fresh-picked Granny Smiths into the suction tube of a DBR vacuum apple harvester.   'Faster, more efficient, much less physically demanding.'   Mulvaney's plucking skills took a backseat Tuesday to fruit rows full of whiz-bang science and gadgets at a technology expo sponsored here by Washington State University's Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems...   mechanical blossom thinners...   mechanical hop tying...   remote-controlled bin dog, which is a rolling overhead lift that transports filled-up fruit bins to an end-of-row station for loading and transport...   shake-and-catch vibrating cherry harvester...   Software systems that analyze an orchard's environment -- light penetration, soil moisture, weather conditions -- so a farmer can make management decisions via smartphone, tablet or office computer.   Other systems that use cameras to estimate crop yields, pruning patterns and irrigation needs.   Micro-sprayers installed in tree canopies to deliver water and chemicals..."

2012-10-08
Anthony Watts
this past week, low temperature records overwhelmed highs in the USA: media were silent

2012-10-08
Alisha Azevedo _Chronicle of Higher Education_
NYU launches free on-line computer programming tutorials to ensure a growing pool of unemployed programmers

2012-10-08
David North _Center for Immigration Studies_
NZ offers idea for identifying visa-mill "universities"
"Let the rival, for-profit schools run stings on the visa mills, and take the evidence to court."

2012-10-08
Jon Feere _Center for Immigration Studies_
several law school profs say Obummer's willful-inaction amnesty is not constitutional
"'if a president can refuse to enforce a federal law against a class of 800K to 1.76M, what discernible limits are there to prosecutorial discretion?...   the Constitution's Take Care Clause [article 2 section 3 ''he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed''] imposes on the president a duty to enforce all constitutionally valid acts of Congress in all situations and cases...   [and] that there is simply no general presidential non-enforcement power...   [and that] the deliberate decision to leave a substantial area of statutory law unenforced or under-enforced is a serious breach of presidential duty.'
3 words: writ of mandamus...jgo

2012-10-08
Susan Lucas _CBS_
How on-line job searches worsen job market dysfunctionality
"Peter Cappelli, a management professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, recently noted such a case after a company's resume-screening system concluded that none of the 29K applicants for an engineering job had the right qualifications.   Sadly, this does not surprise me one bit.   With the current overflow of job-seekers and the ubiquity in corporate America of such resume software, companies often seek out the 'perfect' job candidate.   The sort of candidate who, given the nature of humanity, doesn't exist.   As a result, people who need jobs can't find them, and hiring managers with multiple vacancies at their organizations cry in their pillows at night about the 'talent shortage'...   the system is a black hole...   Software that doesn't help job seekers doesn't benefit hiring managers, either...   employers need to actively network just as much as job seekers do."
 
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  ""Jefferson was equally concerned about the huge emissions of paper money and the extension of credit by the state banks...   Receiverships or bankruptcies rarely occur in the case of governments, municipalities, or corporations which have none or only a limited amount of outstanding debts.   It has been our failure to follow, in some reasonable degree, Jefferson's theory of financing that has led, about once each generation, to a general bankruptcy and repudiation, with untold suffering to investors and the rest of the people.   Debts have been repudiated or forcibly reduced, and then the game has started all over again." --- James Truslow Adams 1936 _The Living Jefferson_ pp341-345; Thomas Jefferson and Paul Leicester Ford 1907 _Writings of Thomas Jefferson_ vol10 pp37ff; _London Times_ 1935-07-05; John Richard Green 1892-1894, 1896, 1899 _A Short History of the English People_ pg837  

 
 

2012-10-09: Simchat Torah: USA election 4 weeks (28 days) from today

2012-10-09: Dead-line to register to vote in PA and FL.

2012-10-09
_Polling Report_
80% of USA citizenry continue to express disapproval of pres. Obummer and congress-critters -- both Rep and Dem
Real Clear Politics: from 2012-08-05 to 2012-09-17 79.6% disapprove

2012-10-09
Patrick Thibodeau _ComputerWorld_/_IDG_
Huawei employees allege law-breaking, employment bias, visa fraud
"Some Huawei employees told investigators 'that non-Chinese nationals are often laid-off only to be replaced by individuals on short-term visas from China'...   Numerous workers said 'that that Huawei employees visiting from China on tourist or conference visas are actually working full-time at Huawei facilities.', they added."

2012-10-09
Thomas E. Brewton
redistribution decreases wealth, increases poverty

2012-10-09
Tim Ball
Arctic ice

2012-10-09
Carly Harrington _Knoxville TN News Sentinel_
RTL Technologies and "The IT Company" have merged
"The newly combined company, which is operating under the name The IT Company, employs 14 and serves more than 400 customers throughout East Tennessee."

2012-10-09
Samantha Bomkamp _Knoxville TN News Sentinel_
uncertainty reduces business travel
"The group cites a lack of significant job creation in the sectors that would spur business travel...   GBTA projects international outbound spending to grow 2.5% this year."

2012-10-09
Robert Spencer _PJ Media_
Obummer's Islamic supremacy representative, 2001/09/11 "Truther", Hamas & Hizballah supporter, Salam al-Marayati

2012-10-09
Ronald W. Mortensen _Center for Immigration Studies_
NIGHTMARE act: rewarding illegal behavior to build the new American dystopia

2012-10-09
Lalata Payne _Winston-Salem NC Journal_/_Reidsville Review_
emotions run high at movie about illegal immigration and smuggling

2012-10-09
Thomas Sowell _Creators Syndicate_
pres. Obummer is phony in chief
Fayette GA Citizen
Redding CA
Abilene TX Reporter
St. Augustine FL Record
"A classic example was his speech to a predominantly black audience at Hampton University on 2007 June 5...   Departing from his prepared remarks, he mentioned the Stafford Act, which requires communities receiving [unconstitutional] federal disaster relief to contribute 10% as much as the federal government does...   on 2007 May 24, the United States senate had in fact voted 80-14 to waive the Stafford Act requirement for New Orleans, as it had waived that requirement for New York and Florida...   The Congressional Record for 2007 May 24 [page S6823] shows senator Barack Obama present that day and voting on the bill that waived the Stafford Act requirement.   Moreover, he was one of just 14 senators who voted against -- repeat, AGAINST -- the legislation which included the waiver."
index to Thomas Sowell columns

2012-10-09 (5773 Tishrei 23)
Cal Thomas _Jewish World Review_
8.1% unemployment, 7.8%... whatever. the economy still stinks
"To the millions of Americans unable to find work, to college graduates who can't get a job and are living with their parents, to the underemployed who are working at jobs far below their skill set and experience, and to those who have given up looking for work altogether, a 7.8% unemployment rate is meaningless.   The economy stinks...   major media can't...transform a failing president into a success."

2012-10-09 (5773 Tishrei 23)
Melissa Stanger _Business Insider_
attractive people are paid 3%-4% more than those with below-average looks
 
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  "On [2001-09-11] it was government that failed.   Law enforcement agencies didn't detect the plot.   The FBI had reports that said young men on the terrorist watch list were going from flight school to flight school, trying to find an instructor who would teach tehm how to fly a commercial jet.   But the FBI never acted on it.   The INS let the hijackers in.   Three of them had expired visas.   Months after the attack, the government issued visas to 2 dead hijackers...   Amsterdam, Belfast, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, London, Paris, and Rome... set tough standards and let private companies compete to meet them...   they realized government-run security wasn't working very well.   Private-sector competition keeps the screeners alert because the airport can fire them.   No one can fire the government; that's a reason government agencies gradually deteriorate.   There's no competition." --- John Stossel 2004 _Give Me a Break_ pg118  

 
 

2012-10-10

2012-10-10
Christopher S. Rugaber _Knoxville TN News Sentinel_
JOLTS: US job openings down from July to August
BLS JOLTS report
"There were 3.6M job openings on the last business day of August, essentially unchanged from July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.   The hires rate (3.3%) and separations rate (3.3%) were little changed in August...
Information industry had 97K openings and 72K total separations and 20K lay-offs and firings in 2011 August,
118K openings and 64K total separations and 19K lay-offs and firings in 2012 July,
106K openings and 72K total separations and 26K lay-offs and firings in 2012 August..."

2012-10-10
Jack Dunphy _PJ Media_
corrupt city in a corrupt state: LAPD chief Beck tells police to ignore federal immigration laws

2012-10-10
Allen West
on immigration (video)

2012-10-10
pres. Obummer
on religion (video)

2012-10-10
Anthony Watts
auroras from recent coronal mass ejection, as seen from earth satellites

2012-10-10
J. Christian Adams _PJ Media_
on-going voting fraud and the Obummer campaign
Inquisitr: Obummer campaigner says fraud is "cool"
Bryan Preston: PJ Media: 2nd DNC voter fraud video released showing similar activity by Obummer backers in several states, House judiciary chair calls for firings
Daily Caller
Todd Starned: Fox: Pasco county FL [North of Tampa] schools allowed Democratic operatives, but not Republicans to register students to vote
Jason Howerton: Blaze
Mario Murillo ministries
Baltimore MD Sun

2012-10-10
_Mississippi Press_/_Alabama Live_/_AP_
MS joining suit against Obummer admin's belligerent refusal to enforce immigration laws
Fox

2012-10-10
Jerome R. Corsi _World Net Daily_
Obummer family busted in Shariah scheme
Walid Shoebat & Theodore Shoebat

2012-10-10
John Hawkins _PJ Media_
5 life advantages acquired from experiencing poverty

2012-10-10 Betsy McCaughey _Investor's Business Daily_
ObummerDoesntCare likely to shorten lives
"On Oct. 1, the Obama administration started awarding bonus points to hospitals that spend the least on elderly patients.   It will result in fewer knee replacements, hip replacements, angioplasty, bypass surgery and cataract operations.   These are the 5 procedures that have transformed aging for older Americans.   They used to languish in wheelchairs and nursing homes due to arthritis, cataracts and heart disease.   Now they lead active lives.   But the Obama administration is undoing that progress...   Seniors with severe osteoarthritis who opt for knee replacement are less apt to succumb to heart failure and have a 50% higher chance of being alive 5 years later than arthritic seniors who don't undergo the procedure, according to peer-reviewed scientific research."

2012-10-10 (5773 Tishrei 24)
Nat Hentoff _Jewish World Review_
MLK's niece vs. Obummer
"She speaks and writes with direct, penetrating clarity and is not intimidated by forceful personages whom she thinks need educating..."

2012-10-10 (5773 Tishrei 24)
Chuck Shepherd _Jewish World Review_
Red Chinese cyber attacks

2012-10-10 (5773 Tishrei 24)
Arnold Ahlert _Jewish World Review_
shooting down the 2nd amendment 1 frivolous law-suit at a time
"it represents an unprecedented power grab by the one profession that has arguably done more damage to America than any other...   Danny Williams, now 25, was promising high school basketball player who was shot in the stomach while playing hoops in front of his house.   As a victim, he deserves...sympathy.   Cornell Caldwell, who shot him in a case of mistaken identity, is currently in prison, and deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.   But the distributor and manufacturer of the gun involved?...   Brown followed all the rules set out by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives [BATFE], regulating gun-show sales...   As for this particular case, the long term -- and [regressive] -- objective is clear: the Second Amendment can effectively be overturned without having to go through that 'messy' process of acquiring the approval of two-thirds of Congress and three-fourths of state legislatures to do so."

2012-10-10 (5773 Tishrei 24)
Jack Kelly _Jewish World Review_
Whats with the polls?: Partisan loading

2012-10-10 (5773 Tishrei 24)
John Stossel _Jewish World Review_
fear not, leftists, Romney is another big-government man
"I'm all for slashing deductions and simplifying taxes, but the 1980s taught me to be wary.   The top rate went back up -- from 28% to 39.6% at one point -- but the deductions repealed are likely gone forever...   The federal government already collects $2.6T! That's more than enough."

2012-10-10 (5773 Tishrei 24)
David Limbaugh _Jewish World Review_
cousin Obummer would double-down on his disastrous policies in a second term

2012-10-10 (5773 Tishrei 24)
Dennis Prager _Jewish World Review_
It is important to understand WHY Romney won the first debate
"First, [Obummer] lost because he, like virtually the entire left, lives in a left-wing bubble.   Left-wing academics live in this bubble...   So, too, the great majority of news media people live in the same bubble...   they are certain that there is no other way to think rationally, compassionately or morally.   Therefore, there is no reason to debate conservatives, let alone expose oneself to their ideas.   [Obummer] is a man of the left.   Leftism is his Weltanschauung, his value system, his way of understanding the world.   Every one of the president's mentors whom we know about was a leftist, usually [an extreme] leftist.   The church he was married in and the pastor he adored were leftist.   His work -- 'community organizer' -- was left-wing work.   When you live in a bubble -- be it religious or political -- you cannot successfully debate opposing views.   You're not even familiar with what those opposing views are...   The second reason for his defeat was that Obama lacked two things that have been essential to his popularity for the past four years.   One was a teleprompter...   nothing has matched [the media's] four-year protection of this president...   Moderator Jim Lehrer and new guidelines allowed the debaters to actually debate...   what the left cannot control it fears.   According to Reuters, Obama spoke a full four minutes more than Romney did.   But because Lehrer allowed Romney to actually respond to Obama, Romney didn't need any more time than he took.   Obama also lost because he is not intellectually deep.   He is extremely bright.   But he is not intellectually deep.   If you read, rather than only listen to, any of his speeches -- from Berlin and Cairo until today -- you will discover how essentially empty they are...   he never is challenged...   he delivers his largely nice-sounding vapidities so smoothly and authoritatively...   Finally, Romney won because he understands how the economy works much better than Obama does -- and because he understands what America stands for much better than the president does."

2012-10-10 (5773 Tishrei 24)
Walter E. Williams _Jewish World Review_
A modest proposal
DelMarVA
"According to a Manhattan Institute study, 'The Great California Exodus: A Closer Look', by Thomas Gray and Robert Scardamalia (2012 October), roughly 225K residents leave California each year -- and have done so for the past 10 years.   They take their money with them.   Using census and Internal Revenue Service data, Gray and Scardamalia estimate that California's out-migration results in large shares of income going to other states, mostly to Nevada ($5.67G), Arizona ($4.96G), Texas ($4.07G) and Oregon ($3.85G).   That's the problem.   California politicians can fleece people in 2012, but there's no guarantee that they can do the same in 2013 and later years; people can leave.   Also, keep in mind that rich people didn't become rich by being stupid...   California has one-eighth of the nation's population but one-third of its welfare recipients."

2012-10-10 (5773 Tishrei 24)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
race cards
Creators Syndicate
"A classic example was his speech to a predominantly black audience at Hampton University on 2007 June 5...   Departing from his prepared remarks, he mentioned the Stafford Act, which requires communities receiving [unconstitutional] federal disaster relief to contribute 10% as much as the federal government does...   on 2007 May 24, the United States senate had in fact voted 80-14 to waive the Stafford Act requirement for New Orleans, as it had waived that requirement for New York and Florida...   The Congressional Record for 2007 May 24 [page S6823] shows senator Barack Obama present that day and voting on the bill that waived the Stafford Act requirement.   Moreover, he was one of just 14 senators who voted against -- repeat, AGAINST -- the legislation which included the waiver."
index to Thomas Sowell columns
 
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  "There are now 150 government agencies with more than 5M employees who spend most of every day searching for ways to protect us, make something more 'fair', or just help their friends.   Every year they churn out thousands of pages of new rules.   But again and again, the experts' schemes go awry.   They don't see the unintended consequences.   The Conceit of the Anointed is so powerful that they insist on maintaining control even when they fail, and fail again." --- John Stossel 2004 _Give Me a Break_ pg61  

 
 

2012-10-11

2012-10-11 05:30PDT (08:30EDT) (12:30GMT) (14:30 Jerusalem)
Scott Gibbons & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
DoL home page
DoL OPA press releases
historical data
DoL regulations
"[Except for 1 state whose reports did not arrive] The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 327,063 in the week ending October 6, an increase of 25,990 from the previous week.   There were 405,906 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2% during the week ending September 29, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,778,396, a decrease of 42,837 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 2.5% and the volume was 3,113,245.   The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending September 22 was 5,044,649, a decrease of 43,970 from the previous week.   There were 6,819,938 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011.   Extended Benefits were only available in New York during the week ending September 22...   States reported 2,106,072 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending September 22, a decrease of 36,977 from the prior week.   There were 3,016,035 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2011.   EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.  
initial claims filed in week 40
1967195,000
1970284,000
1980410,000
1990361,538
2000227,249
2001441,754
2002365,613
2003337,880
2004279,591
2005313,847
2006307,646
2007298,317
2008426,786
2009456,233
2010373,681
2011332,394
2012327,063
[Note that the population used for calculating the "insured unemployment rate" (the divisor) changes roughly quarterly:
to 132,623,886 beginning 2007-10-06;
to 133,010,953 beginning 2008-01-05;
to 133,382,559 beginning 2008-04-05;
to 133,690,617 beginning 2008-07-05;
to 133,902,387 beginning 2008-10-04;
to 133,886,830 beginning 2009-01-03;
to 133,683,433 beginning 2009-04-04;
to 133,078,480 beginning 2009-07-04;
to 133,823,421 beginning 2009-10-03;
to 131,823,421 beginning 2009-10-17;
to 130,128,328 beginning 2010-01-02;
to 128,298,468 beginning 2010-04-03;
to 126,763,245 beginning 2010-07-03;
to 125,845,577 beginning 2010-09-25;
to 125,560,066 beginning 2011-01-15;
to 125,572,661 beginning 2011-04-02;
to 125,807,389 beginning 2011-07-02;
to 126,188,733 beginning 2011-10-01;
to 126,579,970 beginning 2012-01-01;
to 127,048,587 beginning 2012-04-07;
to 127,495,952 beginning 2012-07-14, and seasonal adjustment factors were revised.]
EUC (Excel)
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2012-10-11
Charles Huckabee _Chronicle of Higher Education_
nearly 200K students 3,200 employees hit in data breach at NW Florida State College of information the college should not have had in the first place
Lauren Sage Reinlie: NW FL Daily News
"The NWF State student and employee information included names, addresses, birth dates and [Socialist Insecurity numbers/SINs].   For employees, their bank routing and account numbers...   [at least 60 cases] of identity theft have already been reported..."

2012-10-11
Burton Speakman & Jamison Cocklin _Youngstown OH Vindicator_
Few signs of economic recovery in Mahoning valley
"Although recent economic trends...in the Mahoning valley... remain far from pre-recession levels in late 2007, a year before the crisis unfolded...   The Valley has not recovered the jobs lost since 2007, said George Zeller, a Cleveland-based economist.   There were 258K people employed in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties in 2007 August; that number was down to 245,100 in 2012 August.   The Youngstown area is experiencing better economic growth than other parts of the state...   Sales-tax collections are up by 4.3% in 2012 August over the pre-recession figures, but when inflation is included that local economic gain becomes a loss.   When adjusted for inflation, sales-tax collections are down 5.3% for the Valley."

2012-10-11
Roger L. Simon _PJ Media_
winners of the Walter Duranty prize, from last night's awards ceremony in NY
"A modern narcissist par excellence, Duranty did what he did for power and acclaim, to be the man in Moscow...   To be feted at the Waldorf Astoria — which he was.   To be hugely famous...   In that way he is like our award winners tonight...   They have allowed their desire to be chic, to be outrageous or modern and trendy, to be popular kids with the political in-crowd, to overshadow everything they do and to warp their writing beyond the normal bias into outright distortion and propaganda.   They should be a lesson to all of us.   And a warning to the public...   solicited nominations from our readerships, which then were vetted by a committee of professional writers and journalists...   We received over 150 different nominations, but ended up hewing remarkably close to the recommendations of our readerships."

2012-10-11
Rick Moran _PJ Media_
kid wonk vs. the gaffemeister

2012-10-11
Frank J. Fleming _PJ Media_
Obummer campaign talking points on the economy

2012-10-11
Benny Peiser
Europe's golden age of coal & the "green energy" folly

2012-10-11
Ira Glickstein
environmentalist air pollution

2012-10-11
David P. Goldman _PJ Media_
America won't survive another 4 years with Obummer

2012-10-11
Richard Fernandez _PJ Media_
looking at leftist twit reactions during the Ryan-Biden "debate"
"The Roman method for handling a berserker attack was to receive their charge and defeat them in depth.   It's not clear that Ryan accomplished that, but that may have essentially been his goal.   Biden needed to break Ryan and he did not.   The video images generated by both sides will be used for ads in the days to come.   So while Biden may have heartened Andrew Sullivan, that falls short of what he needed to do."

2012-10-11
Bridget Johnson _PJ Media_
and it's Joe BiteMe for the laugh

2012-10-11
_CNBC_/_Reuters_
new "green" regulations cost NY residents $5/gallon more for heating oil
 
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  "perhaps the clearest indication of the power of Truth can be found in the audacht, or will, of the famouns Brehon, Morann Mac Cairbre [son of Cairbre Kincaid & Mani], who left instructions for the high king, Feradach Finn Fachtnach [son of Crimthann Nia Nair] (b: 95CE d: 117CE) which are recorded in Leabhar na Nuachonghbala (Book of Leinster): 'Let him magnify the truth, it will magnify him.   Let him strengthen truth, it will strengthen him.   Let him guard truth, it will guard him.   Let him exalt truth, it will exalt him.   For so long as he guards truth, good shall not fail him and his rule shall not perish.   For it is through the ruler's truth that great clans are governed.   Through the ruler's truth massive mortalities are averted from men.   Through the ruler's truth mighty armies of invaders are drawn back into enemy territory.   Through the ruler's truth every law is glorious and every vessel full in his lands.   Through the ruler's truth all the land is fruitful and every child born worthy.   Through the ruler's truth there is abundance of tall corn [grain]." --- Peter Berresford Ellis 1994 _The Druids_ pg169  

 
 

2012-10-12

2012-10-12
Philip Smyth _PJ Media_
Iran and its proxies are using UAVs

2012-10-12
John Boudreau _San Jose CA Mercury News_
Has Japan's tech industry been side-lined?
"there is very little swagger in the Land of the Rising Sun, which once dominated the global tech industry, from memory chips to TVs...   For a nation long proud of its engineering prowess -- humanoid robots, high-tech toilets, superfast Internet, high-speed railways -- the decline has 'been shocking', said Martin Herlihy, a long-time Tokyo consultant and entrepreneur...   In 1990, 6 of the world's top 10 semiconductor companies were Japanese; Intel ranked fourth behind Japanese giants NEC, Toshiba and Hitachi, according to IC Insights.   But by 2011, 5 U.S. chip companies dominated the top 10 and only 2 Japanese companies, Toshiba and Renesas, were on it.   And their combined revenue last calendar year was less than half that of world leader Intel's $49.7G.   The pending sale of Elpida, Japan's last maker of DRAM memory chips, for the fire sale price of $2.5G to U.S.A.-based Micron Technology..."

2012-10-12
Jennifer Waters _MarketWatch_
Right to re-sell your old stuff will be considered by supremes
"At issue in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons is the first-sale doctrine in copyright law, which allows you to buy and then sell things like electronics, books, artwork and furniture, as well as CDs and DVDs, without getting permission from the copyright holder of those products."

2012-10-12
Anthony Watts
new national temperature resource to be on-line soon

2012-10-12
Ruth Mantell _MarketWatch_
UMich consumer sentiment index rose from 78.3 at the end of September to 83.1 in early October
St. Louis Fed

2012-10-12
Joachim Seifert
5 mechanisms affecting earth temperatures

2012-10-12
Paul McDougall _InformationWeek_/_UBM_
Is Geithner signalling more visas to be issued for cheap, young, pliant tech guest-workers from India

2012-10-12 (5773 Tishrei 26)
Caroline B. Glick _Jewish World Review_
American Jewry's cherished values
"Obama's economic policies have taken a huge toll on the economic fortunes of American Jews who invest disproportionately in the stock market.   His nationalization of the college loan business has given universities impetus to raise tuition rates still further thus dooming more young American Jews to starting their adult lives under a mountain of debt.   And it isn't at all clear how they will be able to pay off this debt since under Obama half of recent college graduates cannot find jobs...   Well, there's civil liberties.   American Jews like those.   But Obama doesn't...   According to a report published by the Government Accountability Institute, some twenty percent of visitors to the Obama campaign's fundraising site "my.barackobama.com" are foreigners, barred by US law from contributing to political campaigns.   So too, the Obama.com website was registered by Robert Roche, a US businessman living in Shanghai with ties to Chinese state-owned companies.   Roche is an Obama campaign bundler.   68% of the traffic on the site comes from foreign users.   Obama.com is currently managed by a Palestinian rights activist in Maine.   Finally, there is the cause of Israel and US-Israel relations that American Jews are assumed to care about.   After the fiasco at the Democratic National Convention when the widespread antipathy for Israel raging in the Democratic Party was broadcast on primetime television, the Obama administration has stopped even trying to hide its contempt for the Jewish state and its American Jewish supporters.   Whereas the US refused to walk out of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's obscene address to the UN General Assembly last month, US Ambassador Susan Rice chose to absent herself entirely from prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu's address before the body.   Adding insult to injury, last week Obama appointed Salam al-Marayati to represent the US at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's annual ten-day human rights conference.   Marayati is the founder and executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee.   As Robert Spencer recalled this week, on 2001 Sept. 11, Marayati gave an interview to a Los Angeles radio station accusing Israel of being responsible for the jihadist attacks on the USA.   He is an outspoken supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah."
 
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  "Although CAFE standards have failed to reduce gasoline consumption or significantly improve the environment, they have succeeded in killing tens of thousands of human beings.   The reason: the laws of physics.   in order to meet the per-gallon fuel efficiency standards set by congress, the automobile industry has been forced to reduce the size and weight (mass) of vehicles.   Consequently, automobiles and light trucks contain more plastic and aluminum than ever before.   Their human occupants are more vulnerable to injury and death from most kinds of accidents.   in 1989, analysts at the Brookings institution and Harvard University estimated that 2K to 3,900 lives are lost and 20K serious injuries occur each year in traffic accidents resulting from smaller, lighter cars.   The Competitive Enterprise Institute examiend 1997 traffic fatality data and concluded that CAFE standads caused between 2,600 and 4,500 deaths in 1997.   In 1999, _USA Today_ analyzed the statistical link between CAFE standards and traffic fatalities and reported taht '46K people have died in crashes they would have survived in bigger, heavier cars... since 1975'.   In 2001, a National Academy of Sciences panel repoted tha teh down-weighting and down-sizing of light vehicles in the 1970s and early 1980s, partly due to CAFE standards, 'probably resulted in an additional 1,300 to 2,600 traffic fatalities in 1993'." --- Mark R. Levin 2009 _Liberty and Tyranny_ pp124-125;
citing Robert W. Crandall & John D. Graham 1989 January _Journal of Law and Economics_ "The Effect of Fuel Economy Standards on Automobile Safety" vol32? #97 pg118;
Julie DeFalco 1999 June "The Deadly Effects of Fuel Economy Standards: CAFE's Lethal Impact on Auto Safety" (pdf)
James R. Healey 1999-07-02 _USA Today_ "Death by the Gallon" pg B1; Paul R. Portney et al. 2002 NAS "Effectiveness and Impact of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards" pg3;
Paul R. Potney et al. 2001-08-92 testimony to US senate committed on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and committee on Energy and Natural Resources
 

 
 

2012-10-13
 
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  "There is a manifest, marked distinction, which ill men with ill designs, or weak men incapable of any design, will constantly be confounding -- that is, a marked distinction between change and refomation.   The former alters the substance of the objets themselves, and gets rid of all their essential good as well as of all the accidental evil annexed to them.   Change is novelty; and whether it is to operate any one of the effects of reformation at all, or whether it may not contradict the very principle upon which reformation is desired, cannot be known beforehand.   Reform is not change in the substance or in the primary modification of the object, but a direct application of a remedy to the grievance complained of.   So far as that is removed, all is sure.   It stops there; and if it fails, the substance which underwent the operation, at the very worst, is but whee it was." --- Edmund Burke "A Letter to a Noble Lord" in 1904 _Works_ vol5 pg187; Peter James Stanlis 1991 _Edmund Burke: The Enlightenment and Revolution_ pg213; Mark R. Levin 2009 _Liberty and Tyranny_ pp13-14  

 
 

2012-10-14

2012-10-14
Anthony Watts
over 2K new low temperature records set in the USA so far in October

2012-10-14
Christen Croley _Cumberland PA Sentinel_
poll of small business owners: worse off now than they were in 2007

2012-10-14
Tom Blumer _PJ Media_
missed opportunities in debates WRT the Socialist Insecurity Abomination

2012-10-14
Dwight L. Schwab ii _Examiner_
both illegal and legal immigration at all-time high

2012-10-14
Thomas E. Brewton
Hillary and Biden bumbled security of Benghazi consulate while Obummer was hanging out with Beyonce

2012-10-14
Victor Davis Hanson _PJ Media_
the Obummer breaking point

2012-10-14
Nicholas Stix _V Dare_
leftists are trying to invent an anti-white pan-Asian "identity"
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "The recession or depression is the necessay if unfortunate correction process by which the mal-investments of the boom period, having at last been brought to light, are finally liquidated, re-deployed elsewhere in the economy where they can contribute to producing something consumers actually want.   No longer are wealth and goods diverted into unsustainable investments with inadequate demand and insufficient resources.   Businesses fail and investment projects are abandoned.   Although painful for many people, the recession ro depression phase of the cycle is not where the damage is done.   The bust is the period in which the economy sloughs off the mal-investments and the capital mis-allocation, re-establishes the structure of production along sustainable lines, and restores itself to health." --- Thomas E. Woods 2009 _Melt-Down_ pg72  

 
 

2012-10-15

2012-10-15
Janice Fiamengo _PJ Media_
"social justice" crowd biased against justice and the bright

2012-10-15
Elliott Jones _Treasure Coast FL Palm_
owner of Thai restaurant in Vero Beach FL charged for trying to buy green cards illegally
"arrested on charges of paying a federal under-cover agent $313K to get illegal green cards for 27 workers from Thailand and one from Mexico...   the closing of the restaurant stems from an 11-month undercover investigation, during which a federal agent posed as being willing to illegally provide green cards -- permanent resident cards -- for a price.   Tipfun is charged with conspiracy to commit fraud...   The 28 workers are held in lieu of $150K cash bails.   Most have over-stayed their travel visas, although specifically which ones were not released.   The charges against them include fraud or conspiracy to commit fraud...   Some workers were lent money by the restaurant owners to buy the cards.   During one meeting with the illegal workers, Tipfun told the agent to not count the cash payments in their presence because they had been charged more than the agent asked."

2012-10-15
Larry Rulison _Albany NY Times-Union_
guest-workers employed on state government contracts
"Others believe the practice is an abuse of the federal government's work visa programs, which are designed to help American high-tech companies fill positions that would be vacant without recruiting over-seas.   The biggest user of foreign workers on state contracts in New York is Westchester County-based IBM, which has $300M in state contracts.   IBM has been given hundreds of millions of dollars in state aid to keep it from moving its New York operations out of the country.   At the same time, IBM has brought hundreds of workers from India to fill jobs in Albany for which -- in theory -- plenty of Americans are qualified.   'It's very clear that IBM is exploiting the huge loop-holes in the programs to bring in cheaper guest workers instead of hiring Americans.', said Ron Hira, an associate professor of public policy at Rochester Institute of Technology.   'Why the state continues to do this in the face of the obviousness of the practice is a real public policy question.'...   That's what concerns Girish Bhatia, CEO of GCom Software, an Albany company that uses foreign workers -- many of them holding H-1B visas -- and has more than $45M in contracts with state agencies ranging from the Department of Labor to the Division of Criminal Justice Services...   He says he rarely gets a response from job ads in local newspapers and instead gets almost all his candidates from job websites such as Dice.com that are popular around the world."

2012-10-15
Erik Schelzig _San Francisco CA Chronicle_
TN AG questioning law to clamp down on foreign-run charter schools
"Tennessee law limiting the percentage of foreign workers at charter schools...   But Smith said the governor wouldn't go so far as to urge them to disregard the law on the books that allows chartering authorities to reject or revoke a school's application if more than 3.5% of the teachers and staff are foreigners in the H1B or J-1 visa programs.   Cooper said the ability of chartering authorities' 'ability to exercise such discretion could constitute a chilling effect upon a charter school retaining non-immigrant foreign workers with H-1B or J-1 visa since exceeding the 3.5% quota could jeopardize the charter school's application or its continued existence [which would be a good thing].'...   'The rationale for using 3.5% of employees, as opposed to some other percentage, as benchmark for the permissible number of foreign workers is not readily apparent [any more than 20 mile per hour speed limits in school zones].', according to the opinion."

2012-10-15
Thomas E. Brewton
history of leftist indoctrination

2012-10-15
Thomas E. Brewton
leftists' new idols

2012-10-15
Roger L. Simon _PJ Media_
phony "town halls" and Candy Crowley's ego

2012-10-15
Patrick J. Buchanan _V Dare_
behind the Benghazi cover-up attempt: the 2012-09-11 Muslim terrorist attack on the USA consulate at Benghazi
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "On 1896-05-06, [Samuel Langley] made his attempt at unmanned flight, with his steam-powered 'Aerodrome V'.   It flew for nearly half a mile before it settled into the waters of the Potomac.   Langley and his team winched it out of the river and set it off on another successful trip, the first airplane flight ever recorded on film.   The man handling the camera was none other than [Alexander Graham Bell] himself...   On 1903-10-07, Bell and Langley assembled their team for a test flight with a pilot, once again along the Potomac River.   This time, however, it failed.   A second attempt on December 8 failed also.   Then, on December 18, they read in the newspaper that the day before, at Kitty Hawk, NC, brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright had flown a machine 120 feet with Orville on board...   But in 1914 a pilot did manage to fly Bell and Langley's airplane, and Bell himself went on to make new discoveries and devise new inventions (including, in 1918, a speed-record-breaking hydrofoil)." --- Arthur Herman 2001 _How the Scots Invented the Modern World_ pg346  

 
 

2012-10-16 USA election 3 weeks (21 days) from today

2012-10-16
Anthony Watts
duelling papers on cyclone frequency

2012-10-16
Roger L. Simon _PJ Media_
No, Hillary, Benghazi will not go away until there is repentance and reform
"What Obama doesn't want to believe is that Islamist [pro-violence Islamic] thought and often actions are endemic through the Muslim world because to believe that would be to acknowledge that there is something systemically wrong with them that could not be blamed on us, the imperialists.   Islam is, after all, their religious ideology.   Jihad is their conception.   Obama will do everything possible not to face this.   The failure to name Islamism in any form as a motivation for major Hasan's Fort Hood murder rampage is just one example of this problem but an obvious and telling one.   This inability to confront the issue in an honest way has ramifications in Benghazi because, if this problem is not to be taken seriously, then security really isn't necessary."
Reminds me of the Jewish scholars extensive analysis of teshubah -- repentance.   You have to realize that you did something wrong, openly acknowledge it to the person to whom you did wrong and/or to the Deity as the case may be, and then change your behavior so as not to repeat the offense.   Only then can one be possibly considered a baal teshubah -- a master of repentance who has appreciably over-come his evil impulses.   We have yet to see a sincere apology for the failure to secure the consulate, a sincere apology for the lying about some video, nor signs that those behavior patterns are being corrected...jgo

2012-10-16
Anthony Watts
new NCAR super-computer in WY, designed by notorious off-shore out-sourcer Ill-Begotten Monstrosities, and powered by inexpensive coal

2012-10-16
Eve Samples _Treasure Coast FL Palm_
PIP changes starting to look like a gift to government-blessed protection rackets

2012-10-16
Ian Schumacher
a simple resolution to the "faint young sun" paradox?: models vs. reality

2012-10-16
Jennifer Martinez _The Hill_
both evil candidates for president favor boosting cheap young pliant guest-workers with flexible ethics

2012-10-16
John Hall _Independent_
wealthiest people of all time
Brian Warner: Celebrity Net Worth
"With an inflation adjusted fortune of $400G, Mansa Musa I would have been considerably richer than the world's current richest man, Carlos Slim Helu, who ranks in 22nd place with a relatively paltry $68G."

2012-10-16
Norm Matloff _H-1B/ L-1/ Off-Shoring News-Letter_
Re: Tech work-force slams MSFT's proposal The e-news-letter issue referred to [in the Dice posting].
 
I appear to have been misquoted here, though.
 
The quotes from industry below are pretty standard, but one of them deviates, in a Freudian slip sense:
 
Silver would prefer an approach that doesn'™t require companies to pay visa fees.   That way, €œeven the poorest start-up would be able to hire brilliant developers, no matter their birth-place.
 
Since the visa fees form only a very small fraction of salary, especially amortized over the multiple years the worker is tied to a green-card sponsoring employer, being a poor start-up should not be an obstacle to begin with.   Instead, I suspect that what this employer really has in mind in hiring foreign workers is saving on the salary itself.
 
And if Silver's workers are indeed "brilliant", he should be paying a hefty salary premium to them.   (As I've shown before, most of the foreign workers are not in the "brilliant" league.)
 
BTW, I highly recommend reading the comments at the end of the article (not shown here).
 
Norm
Susan Hall: Dice: tech work-force slams MSFT's H-1B proposal

2012-10-16
Norm Matloff _H-1B/ L-1/ Off-Shoring News-Letter_
What skills shortage?
 
This message will go in a somewhat different direction from what the title might suggest.   Please bear with me, and I will get to the issue implied by the title.
 
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that my department (I think all of UC) switched from operating their own e-mail servers to having Gmail do it.   We would be able to keep our old e-mail addresses, and indeed, mine still works...   So, please continue to use that one.
 
But in order to accomplish this, Gmail apparently set up a rather Rube Goldberg type of kludge, under which my Gmail address contains my UC Davis address.   In fact, if I log into Gmail through the web to view my mail, I actually do NOT enter a password, and just click Sign In.   I then get to a UC Davis sign-in page.   I had to do a lot of tweaking to make my Mutt e-mail reader access the Gmail server.
 
All this presented logistics problem in terms of my distributing my e-news-letter.   The above-mentioned kludge was an issue, as were Gmail constraints and my desire to use a text-based e-mail client, and above all to keep things simple.   I did develop a quick-fix solution at the time, but not acceptable for various reasons.
 
I won't go into the details, but the point is that several people among you had suggestions, and 2 in particular spent considerable effort helping.   It so happens that e-mail servers are not something I'm very knowledgeable about, so I really appreciated the help these 2 guys gave, each in different ways.   Because of that, I now have set up something in Python (my favorite programming language, along with R) that is working pretty well.   I'll probably fine-tune it a bit when I have a chance, but it is serviceable.
 
So, now to the title of this message.   Of the 2 who helped me, one is unemployed and I believe the other is too (not sure in the second case right now, but he's been unemployed before).   And yet both of them are highly capable.
 
The one who I know for sure is unemployed has a PhD and is one of the smartest people I know; he took to this problem without having a lot of background, and yet immediately started giving me insights, and ultimately led me to an example on the web which formed the core of my solution.   The second guy is quite experienced in e-mail server issues (developing code, not administration), and taught me a lot of information that proved helpful.
 
Yet I'm sure that both of them have been passed over for jobs in favor of H-1Bs.   And no, the solution is not retraining, as I've explained before; it's to reduce the H-1B program.
 
Norm
---30---

2012-10-16 (5773 Tishrei 30)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
random thoughts
Redding CA
St. Augustine FL
"Not since the days of slavery have there been so many people who feel entitled to what other people have produced as there are in the modern welfare state, whether in Western Europe or on this side of the Atlantic.   Economist Edward Lazear has cut through all of Barack Obama's claims about 'creating jobs' with one plain and inescapable fact -- 'there hasn't been one day during the entire Obama presidency when as many Americans were working as on the day President Bush left office'.   Whatever number of jobs were created during the Obama administration, more have been lost...   there is ever a Hall of Fame for confidence men, Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff will have to take a back seat to Barack Obama."
Thomas Sowell web site

index of Thomas Sowell columns at Jewish World Review

2012-10-16 (5773 Tishrei 30)
Walter E. Williams _Jewish World Review_
poverty non-sense
Cybercast News Service
Right Wing News
Creators Syndicate
World Net Daily
New Media Journal
index of Walter E. Williams columns at Jewish World Review
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "The first great wave of Scotch-Irish emigration began with the failed harvest of 1717, which forced people to choose between moving and starving.   A merchant from Philadelphia, Jonathan Dickinson, noted that summer 'we have had 12 or 13 sayle of ships fom the North of Ireland with a swarm of people'.   He also noted their appearance: tall and lean, with weather-beaten faces and wooden shoes 'shod like a horse's feet with iron'.   The women wore short, tight-waisted skirts and dresses, showing their bare legs underneath, which shocked Quaker Philadelphia.   Another wave of Ulster Scots followed in the 1720s; so many, in fact, that the British Parliament demanded an inquiry, wondering whether they would completely depopulate the Protestant element in Ireland before they were done.   Some never made it.   The trip on over-crowded ships could be hazardous, even murderous.   One ship from Belfast to Philadelphia ran out of food midway.   46 passengers died of starvation, and the rest had to turn to cannibalism, with some eating members of their own families.   The numbers kept coming, however, until by 1770 at least 200K had settled in America.   In the first 2 weeks of 1773 August alone, 3,500 [immigrants] turned up in Philadelphia, looking to start a new life." --- Arthur Herman 2001 _How the Scots Invented the Modern World_ pg198  

 
 

2012-10-17

2012-10-17
Anthony Watts, Christiansen & Ljungqvist
climate was warmer 1K years ago

2012-10-17
Anthony Watts
Berkeley national lab & submariners: CO2 makes you stupid
This explains politicians! Los Angeles, San Francisco, NY, Chicago!   All that time spent gabbing in closed committee rooms and auditoriums, and people living in other over-populated/over-crowded areas...if you can call that living...jgo

2012-10-17
Alisha Azevedo _Chronicle of Higher Education_
SJSU reports improved results using MIT video-lectures combined with live teacher Q&A... just as one would expect
Now, if only MIT would ditch the Javascript control of access to the videos, we'd be getting somewhere...jgo

2012-10-17
Patrick Thibodeau _Yale_
amidst US citizenry's on-going disgust at devastation caused by India-based IT cross-border bodyshops and off-shoring operations, they thrive (with graph)
"Many in the industry worried -- for naught -- that an Obama presidency might bring work-visa restrictions...   India's IT firms grew unabated in Obama's...term...   Tata...now gets nearly 54% of its revenue from North American firms and employs 238,538, according to SEC filings.   Of TCS's global work-force, it describes 92.5% as Indian...   Infosys this year reported in government filings that it had 10,115 employees in the US on H-1B visas, or 23% more than when Obama was elected...   US representative Zoe Lofgren, who represents Silicon Valley [executives and immigration lawyers], said in her district [with its costs for housing and taxes and gasoline and electricity artificially jacked up by local and state governments] the average wage for a computer system analyst is $92K, but an H-1B worker can be paid about $52K under wage rules."
The US Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics reports that 48,542 computer and information science degrees were earned by US citizens in academic year 2009-2010; 582,496 from 2000 to 2010; over 1.3M from 1970 to 2010.   Similarly, US citizens earned 310,586 STEM degrees in academic year 2009-2010; over 3M from 2000 to 2010; over 9M from 1970 to 2010.   When combined with NSF data on percentages of capable STEM workers with non-STEM degrees or no degrees at all, the USA added over 1M US citizens to the CS talent pool from 2000 to 2010, over 2.3M from 1970 to 2010; nearly 4M US citizen STEM workers were added from 2000 to 2010, and nearly 12M from 1970 to 2010.   (see the graphs)
The US State Department reports that from FY1990 through FY2010 over 5.9M F (student) visas, over 1M L-1, over 5.6M J, 2.4M B1, nearly 64M B1/B2 visas, and over 2M H-1B visas have been issued through consular offices.   Over 110K H-1B visas were issued in FY2009, over 117K H-1B visas were issued in FY2010, and a preliminarily estimated 129K H-1B visas were issued in FY2011 -- not 65K, not 85K, not 100K.   (see the graphs)...jgo

2012-10-17
Robert X. Cringely _Beta News_
IBM doesn't even pretend to comply with H-1B law and regs
I, Cringely
2012-08-06: John Miano: CIS: IBM: "The Cost Difference Is Too Great for the Business Not to Look for" H-1B Workers

2012-10-17
Patrick Thibodeau _IT World_/_IDG_
687K tech manufacturing jobs, 28%, lost since 2000
"In total, the NSF said high-tech manufacturing jobs have declined by 687K, or 28%, since 2000.   The NSF definition of high-tech manufacturing includes the computing machinery along with aircraft, spacecraft and pharmaceutical industries.   TechAmerica, an industry group, tracks high-tech manufacturing specifically and its research finds employment numbers that are equally stark."

2012-10-17 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 01)
John Stossel _Jewish World Review_
bad rules and selectively enforced rules
"Sherman points out that licensing rules keep getting more intrusive: '50 years ago, only 5% of the American population needed a license from government to work in their chosen occupation. Now that number is 30%.'...   ask neighbors or colleagues for recommendations, or check Consumer Reports and Angie's List. You check because you know that even with licensing laws, there is quackery."

2012-10-17 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 01)
Jim Mullen _Jewish World Review_
the debate debate

2012-10-17 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 01)
Jack Kelly _Jewish World Review_
College attendance hides a scandal
"Mr. Obama has been a friend to those who run our colleges and universities, but not to students who pay Cadillac prices for the educational equivalent of a Yugo.   Real wages for recent college graduates have fallen nearly 5% from 2007 to 2011.   More than 40% of recent college graduates work in jobs that do not require a college education.   There are 323K waiters and waitresses, 115K janitors and 83K bar-tenders with college degrees."

2012-10-17 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 01)
Martin Schram _Jewish World Review_
Russia drops bomb-shell on US nuclear safe-guard plan... few notice

2012-10-17 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 01)
A. Barton Hinkle _Jewish World Review_
under-mining values that help people escape poverty
"the federal government has 126 separate anti-poverty programs...   if the goal is to reduce poverty, rather than merely treat its symptoms, then those programs are a colossal failure...   In 1966, at the height of the War on Poverty, the poverty rate was just under 15% of the population; in 2010, the most recent year for which data is available, it was 15.1%...   In 2010, one in every 10 American children lived in 'deep poverty' -- that is, in families with income less than 50% of the poverty line...   rather than address such problems, the Obama administration may be contributing to them -- by expanding the welfare rolls, further undermining the values that enable people in poverty to escape it."

2012-10-17 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 01)
Debra J. Saunders _Jewish World Review_
Hell is paved with Obummer's (and Mitten's) intentions

2012-10-17 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 01)
Paul Greenberg _Jewish World Review_
the crown of Aleppo

2012-10-17 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 01)
Michelle Malkin _Jewish World Review_
Hollywood's hysterical "cancer screening" lie for Obummer
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "When you're practicing deeply, the world's usual rules are suspended.   You use time more efficiently.   Your small efforts produce big, lasting results.   You have positioned yourself at a place of leverage where you can capture failure and turn it into skill.   The trick is to choose a goal just beyond your present abilities; to target the struggle." --- Daniel Coyle 2009 _The Talent Code_ pg 19  

 
 

2012-10-18

2012-10-18 05:30PDT (08:30EDT) (12:30GMT) (14:30 Jerusalem)
Scott Gibbons & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
DoL home page
DoL OPA press releases
historical data
DoL regulations
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 359,048 in the week ending October 13, an increase of 29,129 from the previous week.   There were 357,562 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.1% during the week ending October 6, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,744,348, a decrease of 40,882 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 2.5% and the volume was 3,133,644.   The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending September 29 was 5,001,985, a decrease of 42,664 from the previous week.   There were 6,694,493 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011.   Extended Benefits were only available in New York during the week ending September 29...   States reported 2,098,793 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending September 29, a decrease of 7,279 from the prior week.   There were 2,967,054 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2011.   EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.   [Note that the population used for calculating the "insured unemployment rate" (the divisor) changes roughly quarterly:
to 132,623,886 beginning 2007-10-06;
to 133,010,953 beginning 2008-01-05;
to 133,382,559 beginning 2008-04-05;
to 133,690,617 beginning 2008-07-05;
to 133,902,387 beginning 2008-10-04;
to 133,886,830 beginning 2009-01-03;
to 133,683,433 beginning 2009-04-04;
to 133,078,480 beginning 2009-07-04;
to 133,823,421 beginning 2009-10-03;
to 131,823,421 beginning 2009-10-17;
to 130,128,328 beginning 2010-01-02;
to 128,298,468 beginning 2010-04-03;
to 126,763,245 beginning 2010-07-03;
to 125,845,577 beginning 2010-09-25;
to 125,560,066 beginning 2011-01-15;
to 125,572,661 beginning 2011-04-02;
to 125,807,389 beginning 2011-07-02;
to 126,188,733 beginning 2011-10-01;
to 126,579,970 beginning 2012-01-01;
to 127,048,587 beginning 2012-04-07;
to 127,495,952 beginning 2012-07-14;
to 128,066,082 beginning 2012-10-06.]
EUC (Excel)
EB
graphs
more graphs

2012-10-18
Steven Russolillo _Wall Street Journal_
Philly Fed index slightly down, Leading Economic Indicators slightly up
NASDAQ
RTT News
Fox/MarketWatch
Conference Board

2012-10-18
Anthony Watts, Jan Esper, Ulf Büntgen, Mauri Timonen, & David C. Frank
Journal of Global and Planetary Change: earth was warmer 2K and 1K years ago (with graph)

2012-10-18
_CBS_/_AP_
Bangladeshi in USA on student visa tried to explode 1K pound bomb at NY Fed
Los Angeles CA Times
Forbes
Mashabel
NY Observer
CNN
UPI
Fox
NY Post
Joe Palazzolo: Wall Street Journal

2012-10-18
Stephen Dinan _Washington DC Times_
CRS: Illfare spending increased 32% in last 4 years in over 80 unconstitutional federal programs
Black Chrstian News
Alex Jones's Prison Planet
Heather Ginsberg: Town Hall
News Max
Catholic On-Line News Consortium
"[Illfare spending across over 80 unconstitutional federal programs] has grown substantially over the past 4 years, reaching $746G in 2011 -- or more than [Socialist Insecurity], basic defense spending or any other single chunk of the federal government -- according to a new memo by the Congressional Research Service...   Overall, [illfare] spending as measured by obligations has grown from $563G in FY2008 to $746G in FY2011, or a jump of 32%...   Sessions's staff on the Budget Committee calculated that states contributed another $283G to low-income assistance -- chiefly through Medicaid.   Combined, that means the federal and state governments spent $1.03T on [illfare] programs...   the number of people on food stamps during [Obummer's term] has risen from 32M to 47M...   The report looked at programs that had obligations of at least $100M in a fiscal year, which meant some small-dollar [illfare] assistance wasn't included."

2012-10-18
Alisha Azevedo _Chronicle of Higher Education_
programming hackathons proliferate at universities
"Programmers have a short span of time to quickly build a usable application from scratch, usually around a theme."

2012-10-18
Anthony Watts, J.B. Williamson & Ric Werme
synthesizing gasoline from water vapor and CO2

2012-10-18
Barry Rubin _PJ Media_
Iranian operative admitted plot to kill Saudi ambassador in Washington, DC

2012-10-18
Janice Kephart _Center for Immigration Studies_
3,400 Border Patrol agents to be dumped as result of Dem-Rep non-budget deal

2012-10-18
Kabir Bhatia _WKSU_
Ravindra Telluri forfeits $1M for visa fraud: sponsored H-1B applicants for jobs that did not exist

2012-10-18 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 02)
judge Andrew P. Napolitano _Jewish World Review_
who is responsible for the attacks on the US consulate in Libya?
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "Identifying current and future supplies of scientists and engineers is extremely difficult: predictions of an over-supply in the 1970s did not come true, and predictions of shortages in the late 1980s also failed to occur.   What is clear is that S&E [science and engineering] positions are in a state of flux." --- NSF 99-321 _Retention of the Best Science and Engineering Graduates in Science and Engineering_ pg1 (quoted in Daniel S. Greenberg 2001 _Science, Money, and Politics: Political Triumph and Ethical Erosion_ pg147)  

 
 

2012-10-19

1781-10-19: Victory at YorkTown
Reid Smith _American Spectator_
lest we forget

2012-10-19
Quin Hillyer _American Spectator_
the economic record in favor of limited government

2012-10-19
Steve Johnson _San Jose CA Mercury News_
AMD to dump 15%, about 1,665 employees

2012-10-19
Paul Davis _Providence RI Journal_
Cranston RI canvassing board member resigned rather than go along with giving ballots to/counting votes of "convicted killers"
chair of canvassing board says they send absentee ballot, will bounce request to the courts

2012-10-19
Barry Neild _Global Post_
Scots get chance to vote on independence
Uhhh, why not let Scotland shift to being a member of the Commonwealth, with its own legislature, etc., yet remain under the UK umbrella?...jgo

2012-10-19
Rick Richman _PJ Media_
twilight of a leftist "god"
"But as Claremont professor Charles R. Kesler demonstrates in his erudite new book _I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of [Leftism]_, Obama was not really something new; he was the culmination of a long historical process, which has now produced a predictable crisis.   Kesler discards pejorative labels of Obama ('a third-world daddy's boy, Alinskyist agitator, deep-cover Muslim, or [illegal alien]') and argues he should be taken at his word: he is [one kind of leftist or another] and should thus be evaluated as part of the history of modern American [leftism].   The result is an analysis far more devastating than any label could be.   Modern American [leftism] has always had a streak of political messianism, a Great Man view of the presidency, and impatience with a government slowed by the checks and balances created by the Founders.   The history of modern [leftism] begins with Woodrow Wilson, the father of the movement to create a 'living Constitution' in place of the written one.   He sought to end what he called 'blind worship' of the Constitution..."

2012-10-19
Anthony Watts
ball lightning

2012-10-19
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
"civilized" moon-shine -- over ice in a fancy glass -- is just wrong

2012-10-19
Brett French _Billings MT Gazette_
land-owners protest state plan to release bison by barring hunters from their land
"'If the hunters don't have anyplace to hunt, they won't buy high-dollar licenses, and maybe some hotshot for fish and game will take a look at that and say, Gol darn, our revenue went down.   Maybe we should pay attention.'...   about 15 land-owners in FWP's Region 6 who canceled their enrollment in Block Management cited FWP policies and bison as the reason for not renewing their contracts...   Statewide, about 50 of 1,300 land-owners dropped their enrollment in Block Management...   Eastern Montana land-owners have long been opposed to state and federal government actions, partly because the agencies hold control over huge swaths of public lands that border them, or are enclosed by their private lands, and which they lease for grazing...   if the state wants to put bison near Missoula -- the state's [leftist] political stronghold -- Holt said she would support the move."

2012-10-19
_Knoxville TN News Sentinel_
control of Scripps Networks Interactive changes hands
"Bob Scripps [son of Robert Paine Scripps & Margaret Culbertson; grand-son of Edward W. Scripps; cousin of John P. Scripps who operated the west-coast papers] cultivated his love of farming at Miramar Ranch, and continued it at his ranch home in Texas where he raised peaches and plums.   Scripps started in the family business during the depression when he 'ran calculators' at the Cincinnati head-quarters for the same $20 per week paid to other beginners.   He returned to Miramar in the late 1930s, and in 1941 he was drafted as a private in the Army infantry.   Within days of the attack on Pearl Harbor, he shipped out of San Francisco for Guadalcanal, eventually serving in the Georgia Islands, the Solomon Islands and the Philippines.   He was on a troop ship bound for home when the first atomic bomb was dropped."
Scripps Howard owned the much-merged Cincinnati Post Times Star until it again merged with the Cincinnati Enquirer, which is now owned by Gannett...jgo

2012-10-19
Erik Schelzig _Knoxville TN News Sentinel_/_AP_
Nissan to hire 800 for Smyrna TN plant 3rd shift
"Meanwhile, German auto-maker Volkswagen AG announced in July it would boost production at its Chattanooga plant by 30K cars next year with the help of about 1K new workers added this year."

2012-10-19 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 03)
R' Dovid Rosenfeld _Torah.org_
Pirkei Avos/Pirqi Abot: The Great Loan of Life chapter2 mishna14(a)
"One who begrudges his fellow's talents or accomplishments will never amount to anything himself.   He will wallow in self-pity, wishing he were someone he is not.   If we do not accept ourselves for whom we are, we will never achieve ourselves.   We will pursue vain hopes, attempting to force ourselves into another's role, and we will fail to fulfill the first and most basic obligation of the Torah and of life: being ourselves."

2012-10-19 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 03)
R' Pinchas Winston _Torah.org_
Meaningful Speech
"the aspect of man that reveals that he possesses a soul is his ability to speak.   However, what reveals the extent to which his soul impacts his body is how he speaks"
ve chedshuth ani megid (וַחֲדָשׁוֹת אֲנִי מַגִּיד) and new things do I declare;
be trem tezmechenah ashemiaa atekem (בְּטֶרֶם תִּצְמַחְנָה אַשְׁמִיעַ אֶתְכֶם) before they spring forth I tell you of them (Isaiah/יְשַׁעְיָהוּ/ishaayahu 42:9)

2012-10-19 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 03)
Caroline B. Glick _Jewish World Review_
How Obummer & colluders helped "advance" the Middle East
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "In the recession year of 1993, when the national unemployment rate stood at 6.8%, unemployment of PhD scientists and engineers was gauged at a trifling 1.2%.   However, the numbers are misleading.   The actual unemployment rate for this group is considerably higher when the category 'involuntarily out of field' (IOF) is taken into consideration.   The overall IOF rate persisted at 2.4% in 1993 and 1995, NSF reported, with a low of 3.3% in the life sciences and 6.3% in the physical sciences.   The real employment picture is even dimmer if the growing practice of serial post-doctoral appointments is recognized as a form of under-emplyment and stock-piling of surplus labor.   As job opportunities failed to keep up with PhD output, the post-doctoral system became a 'holding pattern' for otherwise unemployed young scientists." --- Daniel S. Greenberg 2001 _Science, Money, and Politics: Political Triumph and Ethical Erosion_ pg103  

 
 

2012-10-20

2012-10-20
Anthony Watts
radio-carbon re-calibration

2012-10-20
Julian Walker _Hampton Roads VA Pilot_
Judeo-Christians should not support leftist anti-Christian, anti-God, anti-Bible, anti-church Democrat party
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "In 1782 the Virginia legislature passed a law permitting slave owners to free their slaves at their own discretion.   by the end of the decade, there were over 12K freedmen in the state.   At the same time, Thomas Jefferson was writing _Notes on the State of Virginia_, the only book he ever published, in which he sketched out a plan whereby all slaves born after 1800 would eventually become free.   In 1784 Jefferson also proposed a bill in the federal Congress prohibiting slavery in all the western territories; it failed to pass by a single vote.   One did not need to be a hopeless visionary to conjure up a mental picture of the American Revolution as a dramatic explosion that had destroyed the very foundation on which slavery resed and then radiated out its emancipatory energies with irresistible force: The slave trade was generally recognized as a criminal activity; slavery was dead or dying throughout the northern states; the expansion of the institution into the Wet looked uncertain; Virginia appeared to be the beachhead for an anti-slavery impulse destined to sweep through the South; the time seemed ripe to reconcile America's republican rhetoric with a new post-revolutionary reality." --- Joseph J. Ellis 2000 _Founding Brothers_ pg90  

 
 

2012-10-21

2012-10-21
E. Calvin Beisner
AAAS Science publisher calls for better communications, but not better science

2012-10-21
Roy Beck _Numbers USA_
What candidates said in "debates" about immigration
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "Failure is only postponed success as long as courage 'coaches' ambition.   The habit of persistence is the habit of victory." --- Herbert Kaufman  

 
 

2012-10-22

2012-10-22
Christopher Kochera & Christine Davidson _Youngstown OH Vindicator_
50th anniversary of Cuban/Soviet missile crisis
"Evidence mounted of an increasing Soviet military build-up in Cuba.   A U.S. Air Force U-2 reconnaissance plane captured photographs Oct. 14 of Soviet missile bases under construction.   The Kennedy administration quarantined the island, a move the Soviet Union denounced as an act of war."

2012-10-22
Zach Benoit _Billings MT Gazette_
dispatchers at risk for post-traumatic stress (and tech support pros)

2012-10-22
Roger Andrews
how GISS fabricates long-term Antarctic warming

2012-10-22
Victor David Hanson _PJ Media_
How many people believe government officials and bureaubums anymore?

2012-10-22
Michael Stratford _Chronicle of Higher Education_
voting systems still have problems
"Many states have voter-registration rolls that are larger than the actual population of eligible voters in the state, Mr. Stewart said."

2012-10-22
Bob Egelko _San Francisco CA Chronicle_
Mittens continues to back-pedal on immigration reform, go along with more immigration law perversion

2012-10-22
Michael Snyder _InfoWars_
Obummer & Mittens both favor system that kills American jobs

2012-10-22
bishop E.W. Jackson _STAND America_
interview with Daily Caller
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "In 1992 October, between 3.2M and 3.8M [illegal] aliens were estimated to be in the country, with that number rising by about 250K each year.   Only 30% of those in 1992 were calculated to be Mexican; half were 'over-stayers' -- people legally admitted (usually as tourists) from any country, who had failed to leave." --- Elliott Robert Barkan 1996 _And Still They Come: Immigrants and American Society 1920 to the 1990s_; quoted in Jon Gjerde 1998 "The Recent Era of Immigration to the United States [of America], 1965 to the Present" _Major Problems in American Immigration and Ethnic History_ pp 469-470  

 
 

2012-10-23 USA election 2 weeks (14 days) from today

2012-10-23
Robert X. Cringely _Beta News_
This is how IBM intimidates employees, cuts pay

2012-10-23
_UC Riverside_
earth's varying oxygen levels

2012-10-23
Dino Teppara _Lexington SC Patch_
why Obummer loves illegal aliens

2012-10-23
Bryan Preston _PJ Media_
White House, State Dept. were informed of pre-meditated 2012-09-11 terrorist attack on Benghazi consulate early on

2012-10-23
Mary Grabar _PJ Media_
Obummer's communist core curriculum set to roll out after election

2012-10-23
J. Christian Adams _PJMedia_
reporter asking questions after photo-meet in DoJ vote-rigging corps was threatened by Holder's body-guard (video)

2012-10-23 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 07)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
Libya and Obummer admin lies
Longview TX News-Journal
NH Union Leader
Dothan AL Eagle
St. Augustine FL
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "One reason American could assimilate immigrants, as we have seen, is that there were regular pauses for digestion.   Another reason is that the American political elite wanted the immigrants to assimilate.   And it did not hesitate to ensure that they did.   Over 200 years of US history, a number of tried and true, but undeniably tough, assimilation techniques had been perfected.   But today, they have been substantially abandoned.   The economic culture of the United States has changed significantly -- from classical liberalism to government-regulated welfare statism.   Earlier immigrants were basically free to succeed or fail.   And many failed: as we have seen, as many as 40% of the 1880-1920 immigrants went back home...   Some public subsidies to immigrants are direct, like welfare.   Others are indirect, such as the wholly new idea that immigrant children should be taught in their own language.   This effectively transfers part of the cost of immigration from the immigrant to the American [tax-victim] -- and to the American school-child.   Almost a century ago, the Great Wave of immigrants were met with the unflinching demand that they 'Americanize'.   Now they are told that they should retain and reinforce their diversity." --- Peter Brimelow 1996 _Alien Nation_ pp 216-217 (233-234 in pdf)  

 
 

2012-10-24 USA election 13 days from today

2012-10-24
Lorna Thackeray _Billings MT Gazette_
2K year old bison bone site mired in controversy
"salted with hundreds of projectile points...   Early estimates said 30K pounds of bone and 13K pounds of fire-cracked rock lay in the bone bed...   One neutral archaeologist said he knew of 25 other Pelican Lake bone beds in Montana and Wyoming alone.   'Pelican Lake' refers to a type of corner-notched projectile point that looks like a Christmas tree that was common in the Northern Plains about 2K years ago...   Analysis so far indicates that more than 2K bison were processed at the site.   They could all have been killed at once or 100 or so at a time over a period of years...   More than 1K Pelican Lake atlatl darts that were attached to a hunter's throwing stick were collected from the site, he said.   No arrow-head points were found.   Although skulls were noticeably absent, researchers hope to find enough mandibles to help determine what time of year the bison were killed.   The season can be determined by tooth eruption in the younger animals, Fergus said."

2012-10-24
_Billings MT Gazette_/_AP_
USA may soon be world's top oil extractor
"average of 10.9M barrels per day...   13M to 15M barrels per day by 2020"

2012-10-24
Tom Lutey _Billings MT Gazette_
wheat prices rising, another $1G crop in sight

2012-10-24
Anthony Watts
NASA on record maximum... and minimum ice at poles

2012-10-24
Warren S. Warren
physics of climate

2012-10-24
Robert Spencer _PJ Media_
Bangladeshi attempted Fed bomber says he did it to make Muslims one step closer to running the whole world
"Faisal Shahzad [the student, OPT, H-1B guest-worker, green card grantee, naturalized US citizen], who tried to set off a car bomb in Times Square in 2010, said in a video at that time: 'Jihad, holy fighting in Allah's cause, with full force of numbers and weaponry, is given the utmost importance in Islam...   By jihad, Islam is established...   Islam will spread on the whole world. And the democracy will be defeated...'   Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, who murdered private William Long outside a military recruiting center in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 2009 June, explained: 'I've loved jihad every [sic] since I became Muslim...   Step by step I became a religiously devout Muslim, Mujahid — meaning one who participates in jihad...'...   [Charles C. Haynes] doesn't mention the efforts by the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) to stop Muslims from cooperating with law enforcement.   Nor does he note the fact that not a single mosque in the entire United States has any kind of program to teach young Muslims and converts to Islam the errors of the al-Qaeda view of Islam, which they supposedly abhor and reject."
Clarion Project: Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Investigative Project: CAIR-Hamas-Muslim Brotherhood links
Discover the Networks: Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
anti-CAIR
Discover the Networks: Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
Clarion Project: Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
Discover the Networks: Muslim Brotherhood (MB)

2012-10-24
Steve Goreham
climate vs. state temperature records
"The summer of 2012 is now over and all temperature data recorded.   Guess how many states set new state high-temperature records in 2012?   None!   According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), not one of our 50 states set a new state high temperature record in 2012."

2012-10-24
Daniel Allott _American Spectator_
GATTACA proving prophetic after 15 years

2012-10-24
Stephen Kruiser _PJ Media_
Patrick Moran gives tips on how to commit voter fraud
J. Christian Adams: PJ Media: Moran relied on "civil rights" lawyers for part of voter fraud scheme
"Take note – Moran explicitly says the lawyers from Obama's Organizing for America, the communities, or the committees would be in the polls who will 'argue for' the phony utility bill to be counted."

2012-10-24
Barry Rubin _PJ Media_
reasons violent Muslims and Arabs generally consider USA their enemy
"In short, USA support for any [non-extreme, non-violent] regime makes [violent extremists] angry and will always do so...   their goals...include throwing USA influence out of the region and overthrowing its allies -- no matter what Washington tries to do to please them.   In the context of their ideology, they interpret USA concessions as signs of weakness which thus invite them to become even more militant and aggressive...   As for Israel, giving that country less help would not change the radical view.   Only if the United States had the same policy as Hamas, Hizballah, and the Muslim Brotherhood might it be forgiven."
Investigative Project: CAIR-Hamas-Muslim Brotherhood links
Discover the Networks: Muslim Brotherhood (MB)

2012-10-24
Jean MacKenzie _Global Post_
debate of candidates for president

2012-10-24
_Fox_/_Dow Jones_
earnings disappoint, execs announce more waves of lay-offs

2012-10-24
_Political Vel Craft_
11 reasons to get your kids out of the government schools

2012-10-24
Walt Gardner _Education Week_
the same old disingenuous STEM complaint
"Repeating something often enough does not make it true.   But don't try telling that to corporate executives...   the #1 reason for the mismatch: low pay...   In a letter to the editor of The New York Times, Stuart Firestein, chairman of the department of biological sciences at Columbia University, said it best: 'For Chinese and Indian students, science remains a way out of poverty.   For American students, it's becoming the path into it.' ('Giving Up on Math and Science Careers' 2011 Nov. 7).   That's precisely why U.S. colleges and universities, which are turning out as many STEM degree holders as ever, find their graduates taking jobs in finance and consulting.   Who can blame them?   Why devote 4 years or more to a grinding course of study to take a job in a field that pays so poorly [over a life-time]?   In 'Steady as She Goes? Three Generations of Students Through the Science and Engineering Pipeline', Hal Salzman and Lindsay Lowell conclude that there is a surplus of talent.   'Highly qualified students may be choosing a non-STEM job because it pays better, offers a more stable professional career, and/or is perceived as less exposed to competition from low-wage economies.'"

2012-10-24: "Today is United Nations Day.   May it be the last." --- David Horowitz

2012-10-24 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 08)
John Stossel _Jewish World Review_
greed
"When markets are free (alas, ours is not; in America today, too often people 'partner' with politicians and get rich through government), those who charge too much, or skimp on quality or service, lose money to competitors who serve people better.   What could be more humane? Nothing has done more than markets to lift people out of the mud and misery of primitive life."

2012-10-24 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 08)
Paul Johnson _Jewish World Review_
the world's most unlovable man

2012-10-24 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 08)
Robert Robb _Jewish World Review_
Obummer and Mittens both weak on foreign policy

2012-10-24 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 08)
Laura Ingraham _Jewish World Review_
pres Obummer tries to make his apology tour disappear

2012-10-24 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 08)
Walter E. Williams _Jewish World Review_
what you can't say
DelMarVa
Biloxi MS Sun Herald
"there are certain topics or arguments that one should not bring up in the presence of children or those with little understanding.   Both might see that explaining a phenomenon is the same as giving it moral sanction or justification."
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "It is monstrous that courts should aid or abet the law-breaking police officer.   It is abiding truth that '[n]othing can destroy a government more quickly than its own failure to observe its own laws or worse, its disregard of the charter of its own existence.'" --- justice Brennan quoting Mapp v. Ohio, 367 US 643, 659 (1961) in Harris v. New York, 401 US 222, 232. (1971)  

 
 

2012-10-25 USA election 12 days from today

2012-10-25 05:30PDT (08:30EDT) (12:30GMT) (14:30 Jerusalem)
Scott Gibbons & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
DoL home page
DoL OPA press releases
historical data
DoL regulations
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 342,702 in the week ending October 20, a decrease of 20,032 from the previous week.   There were 377,156 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2% during the week ending October 13, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,811,504, an increase of 63,421 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 2.5% and the volume was 3,196,554.   The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending October 6 was 4,917,460, a decrease of 84,525 from the previous week.   There were 6,679,024 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011.   Extended Benefits were only available in New York during the week ending October 6...   States reported 2,052,957 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending October 6, a decrease of 45,836 from the prior week.   There were 2,921,937 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2011.   EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.   [Note that the population used for calculating the "insured unemployment rate" (the divisor) changes roughly quarterly:
to 132,623,886 beginning 2007-10-06;
to 133,010,953 beginning 2008-01-05;
to 133,382,559 beginning 2008-04-05;
to 133,690,617 beginning 2008-07-05;
to 133,902,387 beginning 2008-10-04;
to 133,886,830 beginning 2009-01-03;
to 133,683,433 beginning 2009-04-04;
to 133,078,480 beginning 2009-07-04;
to 133,823,421 beginning 2009-10-03;
to 131,823,421 beginning 2009-10-17;
to 130,128,328 beginning 2010-01-02;
to 128,298,468 beginning 2010-04-03;
to 126,763,245 beginning 2010-07-03;
to 125,845,577 beginning 2010-09-25;
to 125,560,066 beginning 2011-01-15;
to 125,572,661 beginning 2011-04-02;
to 125,807,389 beginning 2011-07-02;
to 126,188,733 beginning 2011-10-01;
to 126,579,970 beginning 2012-01-01;
to 127,048,587 beginning 2012-04-07;
to 127,495,952 beginning 2012-07-14;
to 128,066,082 beginning 2012-10-06.]
EUC (Excel)
EB
graphs
more graphs

2012-10-25
Robert X. Cringely _Beta News_
H-1B visa abuse limits compensation and steals US jobs
I, Cringely
Slash Dot discussion

2012-10-25
Anthony Watts
wind-electric: costs 140% or more as much as was predicted

2012-10-25
Mike McNally _PJ Media_
how the Obummer campaign is receiving illegal donations from foreign citizens and operatives

2012-10-25
Roger Cohen
physics of climate

2012-10-25
Josh Flory _Knoxville TN News Sentinel_
EOD Tech merged with Sterling International
"Kaye said Wednesday that the combined companies form 'the world's preeminent conventional munitions disposal organization'."

2012-10-25
Bridget Johnson _PJ Media_
pentagon waits until after election to announce cuts in veterans' benefits

2012-10-25
Jim Kouri _Examiner_
Obummer admin diverting funds from border security to unilateral amnesty for illegal aliens

2012-10-25
John Sexton _Breitbart_
Immigration reform missing from Obummer's glossy campaign booklets

2012-10-25
Matt Wilson _San Jose CA Mercury News_
former engineer praised for boosting science fairs
"a difficult time in the mid-1990s trying to fill an engineering position.   He had to wait more than 6 months to hire a foreign student with an H-1B work visa.   He recalls not understanding why there were so few American engineers available at the time."
 
OK, we can infer from his membership in ASM that Bruce Kawanami was a "materials" engineer, working with semiconductor fabs.   He's saying that, in the mid-1990s, over a decade after many of the fabs packed up and left the USA, he had "a difficult time" recruiting someone for some unspecified kind of engineering work.
 
Neither the reporter nor Bruce Kawanami defined what was "difficult" about recruiting.   It's just an unfounded assertion we're supposed to accept on faith.
 
Begining in the 1980s, many of the jobs followed the fabs.   People left behind had less way to sustain employment in that field, so they re-tooled for other kinds of work.   Students, seeing the jobs dry up, studied other material, trying to follow the shifting winds of "hot skills" in search of a viable career and prosperity.   What's so surprising about that?
 
The article doesn't say what he tried to do to recruit.  
What was his budget to fly in talent from across the USA for interviews?
What was his budget for relocation?
Was he willing to relocate talent from Sopchoppy or Bangor or was he insisting on "local" talent?
What was his budget for new-hire training?
Was his compensation budget competitive?
In what publications were the job ads placed?
Were they classifieds or display ads?
For how many days and weeks were the ads run?
In the mid-1990s, there were still a very few job ads in ComputerWorld, Design News and various engineering publications, and beginning about 1990 they were starting to appear on usenet and then Monster.   The local rag published a weekly employment supplement which was scrawny compared to what the ads in ComputerWorld had been like in the late 1970s and early 1980s.   The vast majority of the ads on-line were posted by bodyshops, not real jobs at all.   And the "recruiters" were clueless (didn't know the fields for which they were recruiting, didn't understand the key-words they were given, didn't understand which of them were synonyms and which were totally different, didn't know the difference between Control Data Corp.'s Kronos operating system and Kronos Inc.'s worker time-keeping systems), doing mindless string-matching, instead, rejecting many capable candidates, pursuing totally inappropriate candidates, then developing an ever-lengthening gauntlet of trivial pursuit rote memorization quizzes conducted over the phone... a total waste of resources.
 
What caused him to retire when he had so many useful years ahead of him, what with increasing life expectancies and productive years at that?
Was he given early retirement?
Was he laid off in one of the many rounds of down-sizings, RIFs, right-sizings, etc., from about 1985?
Or was it a combination?
 
The reporter failed to do his job, failed to ask, and failed to inform the readers.
 
The USA has close to 2 million STEM workers with STEM degrees not employed to do STEM work.   Many are in survival jobs.   Others have been unemployed for long stretches.   Several academic studies over the last decade have shown that only about a third of US STEM workers with fresh new degrees land STEM jobs.   As years pass after graduation, the percentage of STEM capable workers in STEM employment continues to fall.   Unemployment rates in STEM fields are running 2-3 times the full employment levels we were seeing before H-1B.
 
According to US Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, from academic year 1969-1970 through AY2009-2010, over 9M STEM degrees (bachelor's, master's, doctor's) have been earned by US citizens.   Counting those with other majors but STEM minors, and auto-didacts, based on NSF factors, we've produced nearly 12M capable US citizen STEM workers since 1970.   (Some of the best software engineers and sys admins I've known -- at NASA and the Dept. of Energy and Control Data -- had degrees in things like music, classical Greek and Latin literature, psychology, or no degrees at all... though Greg Mansfield and Dave Cahlander both had PhDs and had studied at MIT and/or Purdue.)
 
If you're not finding STEM talent in the USA, then you're not seriously trying.
 
jgo
---30---

2012-10-25
Daniel Wetzel _Die Welt_/_Global Warming Policy Foundation_
lies, damn lies, and green statistics

2012-10-25
Victoria Macchi _Naples FL News_
citrus farmer charged with employing illegal aliens, attempt to buy whistle-blower's silence
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "Decency, security, and liberty alike demand that governmental officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen.   In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously." --- Meacham v. Fano, 427 U.S. 215 (1976)  

 
 

2012-10-26 USA election 11 days from today

2012-10-26
Becket Adams _Blaze_
new jobs since 2009 almost all part-time
"what about the 25-54 demographic? Well, that age demographic actually has lost 729K jobs since 2009."

2012-10-26
Larry Rulison _Albany NY Times Union_
state gov't refuses to track numbers of foreign direct and indirect employees: How many of them have expired visas?
"The Office of General Services, which runs the state procurement system, says that state contractors are required to certify that all of their workers on state projects are here legally."

2012-10-26
_WWNYTV_
illegal alien sentenced to prison for green card trafficking
"He also pleaded guilty to assaulting and injuring a Homeland Security agent during his arrest.   Federal officials say Velazquez-Jacobo will be deported to Mexico after he serves his sentence."

2012-10-26
Kimberly Reynolds _MTV_
"We're not illegal" says illegal alien

2012-10-26
Elizabeth Dexheimer _Business Week_
UMich consumer sentiment index from 78.3 in September to 83.1 in early October to 82.6 in late October
Elizabeth Dexheimer: Bloomberg
Bergen NJ Record
St. Louis Fed

2012-10-26
_Inquisitr_
Constitution party candidate Virgil Goode
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "Just as the democratic statesman who sets out to plan economic life will soon be confronted with the alternative of either assuming dictatorial powers or abandoning his plans, so the totalitarian dictator would soon have to choose between disregard of ordinary morals and failure.   It is for this reason that the unscrupulous and uninhibited are likely to be more successful in a society tending toward totalitarianism.   Who does not see this has not yet grasped the full width of the gulf which separates totalitarianism from a liberal regime, the utter difference between the whole moral atmosphere under collectivism and the essentally individualist Western civilization." --- Friedrich A. Hayek 1944, 1963 _The Road to Serfdom_ pg135  

 
 

2012-10-27 USA election 10 days from today

2012-10-27
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
not ready for prime-time Revolutionary War history... here in the valley?
"...Winchester area... Washington's office... Daniel Morgan, lord Fairfax... Morgan's home, 'Saratoga'... Richard Kidder Meade and [governor] Edmund Jennings Randolph... captain Thomas Taylor Byrd... Mary Armistead... Francis Otway Byrd... (land which had been given by 'King' Carter to his grand-daughter... Thomas' mother...Elizabeth Hill Carter Byrd), in Frederick (now Clarke) County. Less than a year later, he married Mary A. Armistead..."

2012-10-27
Lorna Thackeray _Billings MT Gazette_
family to auction historic heirlooms to expand ranch
"Granville Stuart came to the territory in 1858.   sHe mined gold, went into the retail business and became a rancher before serving as U.S. ambassador to Uruguay and Paraguay."

2012-10-27
Alec Rawls
climate hysterics/eco-fascists teaching children to hate their parents?

2012-10-27
Peter A. Vance _Albany NY Times Union_
H-1B visa program is full of injustices against US workers
"As a retired manager in the software field, I have long opposed this program.   I do this not due to the alleged injustices perpetrated by employers on the H-1B recipients, but due to the injustices perpetrated on our native work force.   Companies cut training budgets for their workers and then lay them off when switching technologies.   The companies then advertise for mixes of skills and experience that are rare if not incompatible and then get permission to employ H-1Bs who are 'qualified' only on paper.   The companies employ these people at lower salaries than the rate paid the laid-off workers and provide no benefits.   Meanwhile, I know programmers who have become carpenters and college computer science graduates who sell cars.   The managers who advocate these tactics are more concerned about decreasing costs [pocketing the profits] and moving on than the quality of the product or the effect they have on their colleagues.   That the government allows this sham, decried by many workers and hands-on managers [is bad]."

2012-10-27
Erica Ritz _Blaze_
Obummer supporters slam policies of... Obummer
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "There are 3 main reasons why such a numerous and strong group with fairly homogeneous views is not likely to be formed by the best but rather by the worst elements of any society.   By our standards the principles on which such a group would be selected will be almost entirely negative." --- Friedrich A. Hayek 1944, 1963 _The Road to Serfdom_ pg138  

 
 

2012-10-28 USA election 9 days from today

2012-10-28
Jan Falstad _Billings MT Gazette_
oil extraction and economic growth changing tiny Bainville

2012-10-28
Anthony Watts
climate paper from Briffa & Melvin at UEA
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "Real learning requires a voluntary commitment as well as 'strong interaction between teacher & student, something that has long disappeared from the modern university'." --- George Roche 1994 February _The Fall of the Ivory Tower_ pg 225 (quoting George H. Douglas 1992 _Education Without Impact: How Our Universities Fail the Young_ pg 125)  

 
 

2012-10-29 USA election 8 days from today

2012-10-29
_Knoxville TN News Sentinel_
ORNL activates new 20 peta-FlOPS super-computer

2012-10-29
Mark Sherman _Knoxville TN News Sentinel_
supremes hear case about re-sale of copyrighted works
Chronicle of Higher Education
"Kirtsaeng re-sold copyrighted books that relatives first bought abroad [at lower than US prices]."

2012-10-29
G.W. Schulz _KGO San Francisco CA_
FBI has deployed devices to track any/all mobile devices in a wide area, contrary to constitutional requirement for warrants to be specific to individuals and places
"IMSI catchers could be built at home for as little as $1,500"
 
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  "The perpetuity by generation is common to beasts; but memory, merit, & noble works are proper to men.   And surely a man shall see the noblest works & foundations have proceeded from childless men, which have sought to express the images of their minds, where those of their bodies have failed.   So the care of posterity is most in them that have no posterity." --- Francis Bacon circa 1600 (quoted in Virginia Postrel 2000 October "Politicizing Parenthood" _Reason_ pg 18)  

 
 

2012-10-30 USA election one week (7 days) from today

2012-10-30
Anthony Watts
increased supply of natural gas from shale has increased exports of coal

2012-10-30
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
The Burwells of "Glenvin" (not "Carter Hall"), and one of the real "Undefeated"

2012-10-30
Dan Jones _Light Reading_
slowest and fastest wireless service cities

2012-10-30
A.W.R. Hawkins _Breitbart_
Obummer blew it when Benghazi consulate was attacked on 2012-09-11, continues to prevaricate

2012-10-30
_Fox_/_AP_
Mexican citizen pled guilty to killing US Border Patrol agent in incursion into USA

2012-10-30
Michael Ledeen _PJMedia_
What did Obummer know about Benghazi... and when

2012-10-30
Victor Davis Hanson _PJ Media_
why leftists feeeel what they do

2012-10-30
Tom Blumer _PJ Media_
Obummer economy still not recovered
I was examining a sampling of state, county and metropolitan area unemplyment rates.   At first blush there seemed to be some improvement -- say half of a percentage point in some cases -- but when I put them in a graph of historical statistics, I realized that with several months of such improvement, we just might reach conditions as good as...   the worst depths of the worst of the previous 3 recessions.
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2012-10-30
Jeff Lukens
president Obummer still lying about Benghazi

2012-10-30
Andrew B. Wilson _American Spectator_
Winston Churchill vs. Obummer

2012-10-30
Michael O. Church
What programmers want

2012-10-30
Mark J. Perry _AEI_
Robert Reich favors market pricing for his lectures, but not for prices he pays

2012-10-30
Cindy Chang _Los Angeles CA Times_
Taiwan joins "visa waiver" scheme
Somerset county PA Daily American
"Starting Thursday, Taiwanese citizens will no longer need a visa to visit the U.S.A...   Taiwan will join countries such as France and Germany in a visa waiver program that the [corrupt] U.S. government reserves for nationalities that it deems pose little security threat and that are not major sources of illegal immigration...   Taiwanese travelers will no longer have to wait in line at the U.S. Consulate in Taipei or pay a $164 fee and convince an interviewer that they will return home...   Citizens of the 37 visa waiver countries, which include Japan and South Korea, can stay in the U.S.A. for 90 days after filling out an online travel authorization form and paying a nominal fee."

2012-10-30 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 14)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
"cooling out" the voters on Obummer failure in Benghazi
Redding CA
Union Leader
Omaha NB World-Herald
Citizen
Longview TX News-Journal
 
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  "Likewise, efforts to understand infinitely large quantities, which the Greeks had studiously avoided, infinitely small ones, which the Greeks had skillfully circumvented, negative numbers, & complex numbers floundered because mathematicians failed to appreciate that these concepts were not grounded in immediate experience, but creations of the mind.   IOW, mathematicians were contributing concepts rather than abstracting ideas from the real world.   For the genesis of their ideas they were turning from the sensory to the intellectual faculties." --- Morris Kline 1980 _Mathematics: The Loss of Certainty_ pg 167  

 
 

2012-10-31 USA election in 6 days

2012-10-31
Monica Yant Kinney _Philadelphia PA Inquirer_
did gambling woes prompt 2 murders?
"Rashivar Karnati didn't know.   He shared an apartment in San Jose, CA, with Raghunandan Yandamuri in 2011, but could recall only one time his room-mate visited a casino in Reno.   Chendu Tummala had met Yandamuri years earlier in under-graduate school in India.   Long after both men moved to the United States, they still hewed to Indian traditions and would never have discussed Yandamuri's gambling problem.   'Asking financial information is not a good thing.', Tummala told me.   'We didn't even know he had filed for bankruptcy.'   Now, Yandamuri's financial woes are being cited as motive for a kidnapping and double homicide that may go down as among the most depraved gambling-related crimes of modern times.   The 26-year-old software engineer is charged with stabbing 61-year-old Satyavathi Venna, and then gagging her 10-month-old grand-daughter, Saanvi, and stuffing her into a suit-case that he dumped in a sauna while he awaited a $50K ransom payment.   The infant's parents and Yandamuri were neighbors at the Marquis, a King of Prussia apartment complex populated by [cheap, young, pliant foreign labor with flexible ethics] on H-1B visas."

2012-10-31
Catherine Herridge _Fox_
August 16 classified cable warned that Benghazi consulate could not withstand a co-ordinated attack
"'approximately 10 Islamist militias and AQ [al-Qaeda] training camps within Benghazi...   these groups ran the spectrum from Islamist militias, such as the QRF Brigade and Ansar al-Sharia, to 'Takfirist thugs'"

2012-10-31
Robert Spencer _PJ Media_
killing free speech

2012-10-31
Bob Owens _PJ Media_
about 32 at USA consulate at Benghazi were abandoned by Obummer regime

2012-10-31
Matt Purple _American Spectator_
Tea parties remain vigorous

2012-10-31
Gary Harmon _Grand Junction CO Daily Sentinel_
over-seas ballots could be key

2012-10-31
_Medical Express_/_NeuroScience_
math anxiety triggers pain
Liz Klimas: Blaze
PLOS One

2012-10-31
Norm Matloff _H-1B/ L-1/ Off-Shoring News-Letter_
NY state government
 
Here's an article I've been meaning to discuss: 2012-10-15: Over-seas workers for state contracts: Albany NY Times-Union.
 
The issue of government agencies employing H-1Bs, L-1s, etc., and the related issue of off-shoring, come up before.   Bills have been introduced in state legislatures to ban the practice; see my articles 2004-02-03: proposed legislation by Jeff Drozda in Indiana, and 2004-06-28: Dept. of Commerce.
 
But they have been weak to begin with, then watered down, then finally failing to win passage anyway.
 
It's interesting that the New York state government, in fact a putatively pro-labor Democratic administration, is so defiant in the above article.   And they apparently are also saying that giving priority to U.S. citizens and permanent residents over foreign workers violates discrimination laws, an argument that the old Sun Microsystems used to make too.
 
The H-1B employer quoted in the article makes a rather incriminating comment, in my view:
 
Bhatia says there is a "misconception" that companies that use workers from places like India do so to save money.   But using H-1B workers, he says, is the only way that companies like his that provide programmers and software engineers can fill slots because most U.S. graduates with computer programming degrees would rather work at more exciting jobs.   He says he rarely gets a response from job ads in local newspapers and instead gets almost all his candidates from job web-sites such as Dice.com that are popular around the world.
 
If Bhatia's jobs are indeed "unexciting", there is a classical answer: Pay them more!   He's apparently paying most of his H-1Bs only $60K.   My point is that he is admitting H-1B is indeed used as a source of cheap labor, including by him, quite contrary to his claim of a "misconception".
 
Norm
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2012-10-31 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 15)
Michelle Malkin _Jewish World Review_
Obummer's lay-off bomb

2012-10-31 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 15)
Felice Cohen _Jewish World Review_
Sandy's up-side

2012-10-31 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 15)
John Stossel _Jewish World Review_
Mittens is only half there
"Mitt Romney tells people he won't fire federal workers or cut education spending.   He says he'll spend more on the military.   He sounds like a big-government guy.   Or is he just pandering for votes?   Ann Coulter came on my TV show to defend Romney.   'What you call pandering is called getting elected.', Coulter said.   Romney says he'll repeal Obamacare.   Great! But he wants to keep popular parts: coverage for pre-existing conditions and keeping grown kids on their parents' policies until age 26.   Those mandates are popular.   But that's not insurance.   That's welfare."

2012-10-31 (5773 Mar-Cheshvan 15)
Walter E. Williams _Jewish World Review_
black and white standards
"The Current Employment Statistics program shows that in 2008, the total number of U.S. jobs was more than 138M, compared with 133.5M today.   As Stanford University economics professor Edward Lazear summed it up, 'there hasn't been one day during the entire Obama presidency when as many Americans were working as on the day president Bush left office'...   Emanuel Cleaver, D-MO, who is chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said, 'If Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House.'"
 
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  "the Home Office is presenting the corpses of long reviled & failed legislation as a new anti-terror initiative." --- Nick Cohen 2001-12-02 "Without Prejudice" _The Observer_ pg 31  

 
 



 
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