Find poison mandate-free employment here: No VAX.
A Sunday PSA from your very dedicated (if tired) blog…
03 Sunday Oct 2021
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14 Saturday Aug 2021
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…to weed out bad employers.
Vaccination is increasingly a requirement to be hired, as employers ranging from accounting and software firms to schools and restaurants are asking applicants to be inoculated against Covid-19.
The share of job postings stating that a new hire must be vaccinated has nearly doubled in the past month, according to the job search site Indeed. The total number remains low, roughly 1,200 postings requiring a vaccination per million in the first week of August. But that is well up from about 600 in early July, and about 50 per million job postings in early February.
No wonder these shits can’t find any workers. They pay literally nothing AND they expect their slaves to commit suicide. Fuck that! If I used idiotic spy sites like linkedout, I’d have an upfront disclaimer that I did not want to hear from any outfit that was in any way supportive of the Great Hoax or any other evil. Workers of the world, unvaxx!
07 Friday May 2021
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This new revelation of fakery is riddled with admissions that the Fed-driven markets and system are fully delinked from reality.
Hiring was a huge letdown in April, with nonfarm payrolls increasing by a much less than expected 266,000 and the unemployment rate rose to 6.1% amid an escalating shortage of available workers.
Dow Jones estimates had been for 1 million new jobs and an unemployment rate of 5.8%.
Many economists had been expecting an even higher jobs number amid signs that the U.S. economy was roaring back to life.
There was more bad news: March’s originally estimated total of 916,000 was revised down to 770,000, though February saw an upward revision to 536,000 from 468,000.
The wheels on the hoax go round and round…
12 Wednesday Sep 2018
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There a seldom-discussed phenomenon which, given enough time, will invariably affect any large institution. There evolve two classes of people therein. The first carry out the core functions of the outfit. The second consists of support and administrative functionaries, often important but not critical. Eventually, the second class almost always comes to control operations within the institution; their compensation usually outpaces the core function class.
In an example related to American education, we once again have the yearly college salary numbers from CUPA. Interesting, telling numbers.
The Tenure-tracked professors:
They’re doing better with the Trump economy.
But the Executive-level Admins are doing much better.
Some of these jobs are arguably important to a large school. But, who does the educating??? And all of the professorial numbers ignore the trend of the adjuncts, poorly (POORLY) paid and overworked – teaching 50% of all classes.
Young people, please consider all of this along with the rising, always rising costs associated with the process. And consider the following trend:
With the improving economy and the diminishing quality of the degrees, more and more companies and whole industries are abandoning the quest for credentials.
No diploma? No problem.
More and more companies are scrapping college degree requirements for jobs. They’re not saying you shouldn’t seek higher education, but not having a degree won’t be a barrier for you to work in certain jobs at their companies.
Some of the 15 big companies saying “no bachelor’s degree is fine” include Google, Nordstrom, Bank of America, Ernst & Young, IBM and Apple.
The changes are coming as job seekers, as well as high school graduates, consider whether college is worth the skyrocketing cost.
Something to think about, degree or not.
Also, and semi-related, a few lower schools are bringing back the paddle.
An area school recently sent home consent forms informing them of a new corporal policy at an area school. The superintendent says they’ve received a little over a hundred forms back, a third of them giving consent to paddle their child.
“In this school, we take discipline very seriously,” said Jody Boulineau, Superintendent of GSIC.
GSIC is going old school with a new policy for this year.
“There was a time where corporal punishment was kind of the norm in school and you didn’t have the problems that you have,” the Superintendent said.
You heard that right. Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics, a K through 9 charter school, is bringing back paddling students as a form of discipline.
Younger young people, think about that.
If students engage in anything even resembling “violence,” even in self-defense, they may rest assured that they will be disciplined, up to and including possible arrest. But, what’s forbidden to the child goose is a-okay for the sinecure gander. And, this particular school, new and innovative as it might be, is in a district with an utterly dismal academic success record. So, the kids can expect to literally take a beating in exchange for a fraudulent, substandard education, for that unnecessary credential.
During another age and in another century, your young author was a frequent target of the “board” of education. As such I can kind of sympathize with the administrators (always the ones in charge) who seek to use it again. However, if I recall correctly, all those whacks did little (nothing) to deter boys from being boys. In other words, it usually doesn’t work. And much else has changed in the past 100+ years. Then, schools expected order just as students expected instruction. Both usually got what they needed. Today, it’s a different, worn and sad story.
All things to think about, if that’s still acceptable.
23 Friday Jun 2017
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So much in one AP story about teens and summer and changes: the Disappearing Summer Job.
As summer 2017 begins, America’s teenagers are far less likely to be acquiring the kinds of experiences Doyle found so useful. Once a teenage rite of passage, the summer job is vanishing.
Instead of baling hay, scooping ice cream or stocking supermarket shelves in July and August, today’s teens are more likely to be enrolled in summer school, doing volunteer work to burnish their college credentials or just hanging out with friends.
For many, not working is a choice. For some others, it reflects a lack of opportunities where they live, often in lower-income urban areas: They sometimes find that older workers hold the low-skill jobs that once would have been available to them.
In July 1986, 57 percent of Americans ages 16 to 19 were employed. The proportion stayed over 50 percent until 2002 when it began dropping steadily. By last July, only 36 percent were working.
So much about modern America in one article. I was going to dissect this, almost line by line, but I have not the time – working my summer jobs.
My first summer job, of real employment, was
conning people into helping people obtain gym memberships. Some 27 years later, I’m kind of still at it. I’m under contract for a fitness chapter in a new book (should be drafted and in next week) and writing a stand-alone book on the subject for the same publisher (later this summer). This is in no way typical.
Gone like Pee Wee? Sinking liner.
Massive competition for them;
Illegals and other immigrant inflation;
Pressures for college (for what that’s worth);
And the looming threat of total automation.
Please make of this material what you will. Did you have a summer job? Your kids? Food for thought in a changed nation. Where are we?
29 Wednesday Mar 2017
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That’s the ratio of human jobs lost to robots.
Job-stealing robots aren’t some distant scenario that’s unlikely to cause problems for another “50 to 100 years” from now, as Donald Trump’s treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin said in an interview last week.
New research released from the National Bureau of Economic Research yesterday shows that between 1990 and 2007, when one or more industrial robots were introduced into the workforce, it led to the elimination of 6.2 jobs within a local area where people commute for work.
The report, which was authored by economists Daron Acemoglu of MIT and Pascual Restrepo of Boston University, found that the wages of workers also declined slightly as a result of robots entering the U.S. economy. Wages dropped between 0.25 percent and 0.50 percent per 1,000 employees when one or more robots came into the picture.
Within the years studied, robots were responsible for the loss of up to 670,000 manufacturing jobs, a number that could rise as more companies are expected to turn to industrial robots in the coming years, according to the paper.
It started with heavy manufacturing. Then it moved to deliveries, checkouts, and gas pumps. Now the focus is on Uber and driverless vehicles. AI also cooks up some mean legal briefs though this hasn’t become mainstream yet. Yet. Next, in the very near future, robots and AI will write novels and perform surgeries.
This is all well and good until one ponders what jobs will be immune from automation. It seems any field is susceptible. What, exactly, will humans do with their free time and lack of employment?
Business Insider / Asimov.
If history is a guide, then people will probably concentrate on making more people and killing more people. Habits are hard to break. Robots can and will move into those endeavors as well, particularly the latter.
*Perrin Lovett is an anti-robot bigot. Don’t say he didn’t warn you.
10 Friday Mar 2017
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Not you would know it from SNL skits. This is good and surprising news.
America’s labor market might not be as great yet as President Donald Trump wants, but by almost any measure, it’s getting better.
Employers added an above-forecast 235,000 positions in February, while measures of joblessness and underemployment improved, the Labor Department’s monthly report showed on Friday. Wage growth picked up and the share of prime-age Americans in the labor force rose to the highest since 2011, suggesting the economy’s strength is drawing people off the sidelines.
There may be something to MAGA after all.
04 Saturday Mar 2017
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James’s 10 New Reasons You Have To Quit Your Job In 2017 (2 of 10):
G) YOUR BOSS HAS TO FIRE YOU
If you create $1 in value, and you have a boss, who has a boss, who has a boss, who has a board, who has shareholders….then how much of that dollar do you get to keep?
Well, now we know the answer. In the 1960s, a CEO might make five times the average employee.
Now a CEO makes 200 times the average employee. The answer: you get none of the dollar and the CEO gets all of it.
And what is that dollar? It’s money you created for the company. More of it should be yours. But every day less of it is yours.
Who will get fired first? The slave drivers or the slaves?
We know the answer. Executives took billions of dollars in bonuses when the banks got $600 billion in bailout money from the US government in 2009.
And everyone else got fired.
This is not a political opinion. Or a suggestion on how things could have been different.
But it’s this: now we know the answer.
H) YOU DON’T NEED THE JOB TO BE HAPPY
Depression is highest in fully employed, first world countries. The two highest countries for depression? France and the United States.
We simply were not made to work 60 hours a week. Archaeologists figure that our paleo ancestors “worked” maybe 12 hours a week.
And then they would play, in order to keep up the skills needed to hunt and forage, etc.
Why is work depressing? Not all of these reasons but maybe some of them.
Being bossed around by people we don’t respect.
Being forced to be friends just because they share our cubicle walls and hear all of our whispered pleadings with romantic partners as we try to be as quiet as possible.
Seeing the 80/20 rule in action where 20% of the employees create 80% of the value and the other 80% just barely (desperately, fearfully) survive.
Being mandated by an 800 page guidebook how you can talk to people of the opposite sex or of different skin colors.
Seeing corporate political agendas rule over financial realities and not being able to say anything about it for fear of being fired.
Spending 6am to 7pm getting ready for work, commuting to work, working, commuting back, too tired to move when you return home.
Falling in love, getting rejected, and seeing her every day and then crying in my cubicle.
Or maybe that last one was just me. A lot of crying.
Jobs are not so great. And they cause a lot of suffering. And you don’t really need them. Bear with me.
You may not be ready to leave your job, but your job is ready to leave you. And the robots are beating on the door. Maybe it’s time to start thinking about alternatives.
By the way, therein James mentions Elon Musk’s idea of a “universal basic income” – guaranteed money for everyone when no one has a job. He’s not for it or against it – just a mention. That too is something to consider (that most will not). It is an idea that will not work. Part of the reason why lies in the hellish banking/monetary/taxation/debt system I covered (tried to) yesterday.
The world is changing – same as it ever has. It’s good to look around from time to time.
02 Thursday Mar 2017
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Just yesterday I wrote of the Diminishing Value of Degrees and the fact that major companies no longer require them. It seems private companies aren’t the only ones feeling that way; public universities are joining on.
At the University of California’s San Francisco campus, 79 IT employees lost their jobs this week, some of them after explaining to their replacements at Indian outsourcing firm HCL how to do their jobs.
The union representing the employees, University Professional and Technical Employees CWA Local 9119, says it’s the first time a public university has offshored American IT jobs.
In a statement sent yesterday, UPTE-CWA says the layoffs could spread, since the HCL contract can be utilized by any of the 10 campuses in the University of California system, the nation’s largest public university. “US taxes should be used to create jobs in the US, not in other countries,” said Kurt Ho, a systems administrator who was quoted in the union’s press release. Ho was required to train his replacement as a condition of getting his severance pay.
In its statement on the matter, UCSF says that it was pushed to hire outside contractors due to “increased demand for information technology and escalating costs for these services.” The university says it will save more than $30 million by hiring HCL, after seeing IT costs nearly triple between 2011 and 2016, “driven by the introduction of the electronic medical record and increased digital connectivity.”
Career Hub Blog.
The old, temporarily somewhat true story went like this: go to a “good” school; get a degree there; use the degree to get a “good” job; work there for 30-40 years; retire happy in Florida. That’s no longer true at all, even at the “good” schools, the places that confer the degrees.
UCSF terminated skilled, dedicated, degreed American professionals in favor of who-knows-the skills?, who-knows-the language H-1B immigrants (or remotes). All to save a few dollars. Odds are, this plan will backfire, with the replacements costing much more in repetition, poor communication, failed systems, and other problems.
Look for this to spread, especially at the hypocritical schools. Tuition is higher than ever and rising. Presidents, administrators, and football coaches are paid like royalty. But there’s no money… And no jobs. Even with one of those trusty degrees.
I wonder what the students in the UCSF Computer Sciences Department, where they’re “Computing for a better tomorrow“, think? Tomorrow,who knows. Today doesn’t look so hot.
01 Wednesday Mar 2017
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Over the past few years I have written extensively about the joke that is modern “higher” education. I started with my own experience. The only ideas I learned in college were essentially self-taught lessons in (elective) areas that interested me (philosophy, classics, etc.). Only too late did I realize my mistake with a business major. The only things I remember from business school is that: 1) about 3% of targeted people respond to advertising campaigns, and 2) let the calculator do the amortizations.
Law school was a similar fiasco. “Government good. Government all powerful. Government give some rights. Thanks be to government for government…” Bullsh!t! on that!
Lately I’ve explored the PC circus permanently encamped on our campuses. Outside of the hard sciences there is next to no education, just indoctrination in the wonders of victimhood, white guilt, and socialism. No formal learning. Anything of value actually picked up is done so incidentally and autodidactically. And they pay big money for all this garbage.
This is how it is possible for so many to come out of four, five, seven, and eight+ year programs and know nothing – literally with the experience and mentality of seven-year-olds (along with bad, snooty attitudes and loads of debt).
People outside the ivory towers are beginning to notice the decline. And they’re reacting accordingly:
Ernst & Young, one of the UK’s biggest graduate recruiters, has announced it will be removing the degree classification from its entry criteria, saying there is “no evidence” success at university correlates with achievement in later life.
In an unprecendented move, the accountancy firm is scrapping its policy of requiring a 2:1 and the equivalent of three B grades at A-level in order to open opportunities for talented individuals “regardless of their background”.
In other words, at Ernst, a college degree may be an enhancer for some, but it is no longer a base requirement. Why? Because, as stated, there’s no longer any evidence it means anything. Time was when a degree meant you had a smart, well-read, and hard-working man on your hands. Now, it likely means you’re interviewing an SJW, know-nothing, nitwit and future HR headache, someone who understands little and will accomplish even less. Ernst is not alone in this development.
Martin Armstrong also commented on this story:
The best education has ALWAYS been an apprenticeship – not some university course taught by someone who has never practiced what they teach.
In ancient Rome, at between nine and twelve years of age, boys from affluent families would leave their basic education behind and take up study with a grammaticus, who was a teacher that refined his students’ writing and speaking skills. They would be versed in the art of poetic analysis and taught them Greek if they did not yet know it. They would be taught logic and how to think. By this point, lower class boys would already be working as apprentices. If someone wanted to be a sculptor, he would apply to be an apprentice at a sculptor shop. Girls, both rich and poor, would be focused on making themselves attractive brides and, subsequently, capable mothers. It was the women who often ran the household.
We still have trade schools, which are regarded as less than university. Yet, our education in university was supposed to follow the Roman model of apprentice for the lower class and higher education for the upper class. But somehow, university moved beyond grammaticus and pretended to prepare someone for a skill, which the Roman system did not seek to accomplish – merely refine the character of the student.
Even economics at its beginning under Adam Smith was regarded as part of moral philosophy. Economics was not taught as a subject by itself until 1901.
From Greco-Roman through Victorian times, all trades worked through apprenticeships. All – cobblers, chimney-sweeps, sailors, lawyers, doctors, economists, teachers, masons, carpenters, manufacturers, salesmen, architects, fishermen – all of them offered apprenticeships.
Higher education, elite education, existed all throughout those times. It was intended, for those of given aptitude and circumstance, to gain a level of understanding and intellectual exposure above and beyond the ordinary – and above what was required in their chosen field of employment.
Socrates – no degrees. Leonidas Drosis (Athens) / Wikipedia.
Today, there are a precious few institutions still in business that provide the basics of a real advanced education. Very few and very far between. We’re lucky to have them.
We’re even luckier to have the internet. Essentially 100% of the contents of a good college curriculum are available on-line and mostly for free. Any enterprising person with a basic grasp of reading and math (all that’s afforded by most “lower” schools anyway) can learn anything they like about any given subject.
Share this information with young people you might know and care about. If you, at any age, want an education, then get one. Don’t fall for the modern college/student loan slavery trap. Learn what you like, in your own time, at your own pace. And forget the degrees – there’s “no evidence” they mean anything and they are no longer golden tickets (manacles, maybe; tickets, no).
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