“People all along the East Coast were willing to take in strangers after Katrina, but when it comes to homelessness due to economic hard times, people aren't even willing to take in their own friends whom they have known for years. A major contributor to youth homelessness in our area is the eviction of young adults and teenagers from their homes by their parents. Our society shouldn't be throwing all of the burden onto the government. What about people showing basic humanity towards their own friends and relatives?”
“A title like "Why Johnny Can't Innovate" is part of the problem. Somehow there needs to be a Joanie in there too. Right now our society is ignoring, concealing and obstructing the talent and accomplishments of women in science, engineering and technologies. We are educating women up through the level of Ph.D.s and then blocking them from any opportunity to use the knowledge they worked so hard to obtain.”
“With all due respect, you do not "get it" at all. As long as policymakers and lawmakers cling to the mantra of "job creation," long term unemployment will continue.
There are numerous jobs in the economy. The problem is how work is allocated to the public.
Employers are trying to create a workforce that is age 22-45, male, able bodied and coming from authoritarian cultures. Employers are systematically creating a class of people who are being excluded from a livelihood:
-anyone older than 50
-women in science, engineering and technology
-African Americans and Hispanics
-anyone with gaps of their resumes
-the unemployed, i.e., anyone who doesn't meet their criterion of "recent experience"
-anyone with job changes
-anyone with bad credit
-liberal arts majors
-anyone with a previous conviction for a crime
While the general public is struggling to return the unemployed to the workforce, employers are becoming increasingly emphatic that "recent experience" is the main criteria they are using to hire people. Computerinzed application screening programs eliminate the candidates who haven;t worked for a year or longer. The unemployed are criticized just because they are unemployed. This is supported by an HR and coaching industry that basis its livelihood on findinf fault with the unemployed, finding fault with them for every alleged defect from "not knowing how to network" to "having chosen to work for an employer who wasn't the best company in the field."”
Paul Sta on May 29, 2011 at 09:20:16
“Actually a good friend who worked for a major insurance company was fired as they I quote "were looking for a younger more culturally diverse employee base"”
Articulator on May 28, 2011 at 23:38:50
“Employers are trying to create a workforce that works for $1.80 an hour in a foreign country where work is done in horrid conditions with no benefits and toxic waste is freely poured down the drain and into well water.”
Robert SF on May 28, 2011 at 23:21:24
“It's true that employers are discriminating against people on that list, but what makes you think they are "numerous jobs in the economy?" The only reason employers are able to be so picky is that, in fact, there are very few jobs. If there were numerous jobs, employers wouldn't be able to be picky.”
“Microsoft has a forced choice performance review process, which means that the managers have to give half the people a negative review. So even if a group has the top engineers and scientists, the bottom 10% are put on probation and they quit over not being the favorites. So there is constant turnover, in addition to layoffs at the end of projects. They claim they can't find employees, but their HR policies create constant turnover. And remember that the people who get promoted are the biggest jerks who are willing to implement these policies and turn against their colleagues.”
“The reason Microsoft tries to bring in H1-B workers is that they want a steady stream of young, male, able-bodied people who are able to work large amounts of unpaid overtime and who won't complain about the overtime or about contractors being crowded into sweatshop-like office space conditions with people having 3-ft wide "tables" that are right next to each other. The air quality in contract spaces is terrible. Sometimes there is no heating in the open plan areas, only the private offices where the FTEs sit. Also, the work culture is very third world. The computers monitor how many minutes the employee has been inactive and it is displayed for the managers or directors, who can act like Big Brother and continuously monitor what and when their employees are typing. Also, managers speak in a very disrespectful way to employees, which Americans do not tolerate, but the H1-B workers are willing to tolerate abuse that Americans won't put up with. Also the managers operate on a reward and punishment style of management, and no American with self esteem will allow oneself to be subject to anyone's currency games or to be treated like a child.”
“According to NSF statistics, except in chemical engineering, half of the women graduating with an engineering degree in the US do not have a job or career in the field of their education. Women constitute about 20% of US engineering graduates. Therefore, 10% of the engineers in the US are not being utlized only because of discrimination against women.
This does not occur at the level of HR offices or the executive level. It occurs at the level of the hiring managers and the peer group that interviews candidates. All it takes is one of the men in the group to feel threatened by a competent woman and vote no on a candidate, and the woman engineer is not hired. The hiring managers often have a young male protege they want to promote, so they will also turn down qualified women. The hiring system is the problem.
There used to be diversity programs in companies where managers were trained to be sensitive to the issues of women in the workplace, but that doesn't occur any longer.”
“The notion of the "Israel lobby" is another anti-Jewish prejudice. Almost every country has a lobby - India, etc. There are several different Jewish groups that all have different points of view about Israel. For any dollar contributed by an AIPAC member there is another dollar who is a member of J Street. And then there are the majority of Jews, who don;t belong to any organization involved in Israel politics. In my entire life I have only met one AIPAC member, online. So here I am, Jewish, continually reading all this stuff about this allegedly powerful Israel lobby and I have never actually known any Jewish person who is a member of it. Sorry, but the idea of this powerful lobby or or Jews all having the same point of view is just not accurate.”
Grizzled1 on Nov 19, 2011 at 18:08:36
“It has nothing to do with anti-Jewish anything; that is simply a cheap shot that allows you to ignore what is going on. My Jewish friends don't belong to AIPAC; so what if they did or didn't? That's not the point.
As far as AIPAC is concerned [note that I didn't mention AIPAC at all], I readily concede that there are LOTS of lobbyists out there, foreign and domestic. And that's OK with me. What is not OK is the fact that Israel has been incredibly successful at lobbying our national politics to our detriment. But that is OUR fault, not theirs.
Whatever the cause, for forty years Israel has thumbed its nose at our expressed foreign policy [defying every President since LBJ] and brewed resentment against the USA by using our weapons and our foreign aid to pulverize the defenseless and build settlements that ensure that the radicals win all the arguments in the Arab world. And note that our foreign policy aligns almost perfectly behind that of the minority in the Knesset which opposes the policies espoused by Netanyahu; I assume you are not going to accuse that minority of 'anti-Jewish prejudice'?”
visconti24 on Nov 10, 2011 at 20:54:43
“Please do not try to cover the sun. NO lobby is as big, as powerful and and deadly as AIPAC. You know it. Don't try to cover it up. Disagree with AIPAC in the smallest issue and you are out. Simple as that. That is not just a lobby.”
“The idea that Jews are loyal to Israel rather than to the US is very prejudiced and a false stereotype. It is like 1950s McCarthyism.”
Wozzeck on Nov 10, 2011 at 21:16:47
“The subject is Dennis Ross, not all Jews. Ross's allegiance to Israel, while posturing as an impartial statesman, is described here:
""Israel's Advocate" to Leave White House for Pro-Israel Think Tank"
by Jim Lobe (who happens to be Jewish)
“This is another reason to enforce the laws against hiring an H1-B worker when Americans are available. This includes the law against using the hiring of H1-Bs to lower the level of wages paid in an occupational category. None of these laws are being enforced today. It wouldn;t cost much in the budget to enforce the H1-B laws. And Congress could strengthen them a little more.”
PostRationalDissonance on Nov 10, 2011 at 22:22:05
“When these people were brought over to do this work our economy was only on the path to it current sorry state. Unemployment was not so low.
You said that there were Americans available, but are there? The American labor pool in skilled trades such as welding is shrinking. Frankly there has been a relentless assault on the perceived value of those trades. The opportunities to make a decent career with the likelihood of supporting your family and saving for a decent retirement in these crucial fields have disappeared. Consequently Americans who, rightly or wrongly, have decided that there blood and sweat are worth more than what companies like these are willing to pay.
Instead of rewarding real work that produces a tangible product with actual value our economy rewards profitable failures and the ability to swindle people into investing their hard earned money into financial schemes that ultimately make nothing out of something.
You can enforce all the H1-B laws on the books with 100% success. Until the market increases the value of these people's work, wherever they come from, very few Americans are going to be inclined to be bought so cheap. Why should they?”
“You should watch a video on YouTube called Real Face of Hamas. Hamas and the Palestinian Authority are very different. Israel wants to Palestinians to have their own state, but with Hamas as a recipient of Iranian weapons and an Iran sphere of influence, the peace process is impeded. Americans have to understand that the Palestinian Authority may be reasonable, but Hamas isn't. Until the PA can control Hamas, Israel doesn't really have a negotiating partner.”
rdcjaca on Nov 10, 2011 at 23:10:47
“There would be no hamas , if there were a two state free society for the Palistinians. Make peace the world is tired of war. !! get rid of land grabbing war mongering prime minister, fight your own wars. !!!”
Oct 26, 2011 at 21:43:18
“Why didn't Quan talk to the maor of Seattle and learn how to work things out with the protestors peacefully?”
Edward Watters on Oct 26, 2011 at 22:08:04
“Good question. Another good question is, why was Quan out of town during all of this? I just heard on KPFA that the Alameda County Sheriffs led the charge last nite. I remember them from the 80s anti-apartheid demonstrations - they're animals.”
Oct 16, 2011 at 16:50:37
“My father, who was brn in 1929 and is now dead, was a stutterer. Because my mother was abusive he never got any help or overcame it. He almost never talked. However, he had the trait discussed in the above story about Bertie. He would occasionally get angry to the point of rage, and when he was yelling in this rage he did not stutter. I have no idea what was the cause of the stuttering and am interested in the information being posted here.
Because my father never talked, I know very little about him. For example, I do not know where his parents came to the US from or whether his parents had any other relatives and where in the world they are. I grew up in the same city as my father did, but I do not know what high school he went to. Even though he lived in the same city all his life, he didn't seem to have acquaintances, friends or colleagues from growing up.”
“If a person has 30 years of experience in a field, what makes anyone think that getting a two-month certificate from a community college in a new field is suddenly going to land that person a job? Let people update their skills in their current fields. Abolish the approved lists and let people use the money to take courses wherever they want, including private companies, and including paying for travel for short courses in another state.”
“Allow job training funds to get into the hands of the unemployed. Too many funds in the Workforce Investment Act are being siphoned off by outsourced vendors. The middlemen get the profits and hire useless case managers, and then the amount of training funds actually given to the unemployed are miniscule, too little for the tuition for a course at a state university.”
“Discrimination against the unemployed is insitutionalized for federal jobs. If an unemployed person can;' pay one;s taxes and the government files a lien, then if the person applies for a federal job and the rules say you can;t hire someone with a tax lien, then that keeps the unemployed person from getting a job that would enable him to pay off the taxes.”