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  • Southern California Edison IT workers 'beyond furious' over H-1B replacements

    02/04/2015 5:26:26 PM PST · by Bill_o'Rights · 189 replies
    Computerworld ^ | Feb 4, 2015 12:06 PM PT | Patrick Thibodeau
    Information technology workers at Southern California Edison (SCE) are being laid off and replaced by workers from India. Some employees are training their H-1B visa holding replacements, and many have already lost their jobs...The H-1B program "was supposed to be for projects and jobs that American workers could not fill," this worker said. "But we're doing our job. It's not like they are bringing in these guys for new positions that nobody can fill. "Not one of these jobs being filled by India was a job that an Edison employee wasn't already performing," he said...SCE employees said that since August,...
  • Red Light Cameras, Government Greed, and the Libertarian Quandary

    12/28/2014 9:36:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies ^ | December 28, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Like the good people of Arizona, I despise speed cameras. But not because I want reckless driving. Instead, my disdain is based on the fact that governments set up cameras where speed limits are preposterously low in order to generate revenue. And I speak from personal experience.Like the good people of Houston, I also despise red-light cameras.But once again, this isn’t because I want jerks racing through red lights and endangering innocent people. Instead, my opposition is based on the fact that greedy governments – operating recklessly – use such cameras as tools to fleece drivers.Holman Jenkins has a column...
  • Feeding the STEM Myth

    12/22/2014 8:25:08 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 65 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 18, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    As we have reported, contrary to current wisdom, studies consistently show that there are more science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors than there are STEM jobs. Nevertheless, those with a vested interest in perpetuating the legend not only still claim that there is a STEM major shortage but declare that women are uniquely qualified to fill it. Recently, here in Washington, D.C., at George Washington University, Linda Rosen, CEO of Change the Equation (an organization geared toward more STEM education at the pre-K12 level and above), said, Employersare having difficulty finding the STEM talent they need. For example, she...
  • US business process, IT firms urged to seriously mull outsourcing in PH (Philippines)

    11/12/2014 2:39:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | October 28, 2014 | US Bureau
    American information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) companies should take a serious look at the Philippines, which continues to be an ideal location for customer service and technical support outsourcing, the Philippine ambassador to the US advised. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. made this pitch to business executives and decision makers from Wall Street and Fortune 500 firms who attended a networking event hosted recently by the Philippine Consulate General in New York and the Seven Seven Corporate Group. The IT-BPM industry has been the fastest growing industry in the Philippines in the last 10 years, Cuisia said as...
  • Michelle Nunns Hopes in Georgia Are Fading in Final Stretch

    11/03/2014 1:36:14 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11/02/2014 | Nate Cohn
    One of the few bits of bad news for Republicans over the last couple of months was the Georgia Senate race, where the Democrat, Michelle Nunn, pulled into a tie with the Republican, David Perdue, after a 2005 deposition was revealed in which Mr. Perdue said that he was proud of his record of outsourcing. But most polls over the last week or so show Mr. Perdue retaking a lead, with Ms. Nunn now trailing by about two or three percentage points. Mr. Perdues gains come from white voters. He now leads Ms. Nunn by about 40 percentage points among...
  • The Outsourcing Canard: There is no tax break for companies to ship jobs overseas.

    10/31/2014 6:51:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/31/2014 | Mona Charen
    When I fretted to my friend and colleague Jay Nordlinger that the Republicans may learn the wrong lessons from success in 2014, he noted sagely that he prefers to wait until the results are in before drawing any lessons. While that ought to have stayed my hand, I think some contours are discernible, and so I plunge in! The 2012 election was essentially a protracted exercise in character assassination. Democrats painted Romney and Republicans generally as extremist cretins who held rigid views on abortion, were hostile to the point of combat towards women, engineered the financial crisis to benefit their...
  • Silicon Valley Company Caught Paying Foreign Workers $1.21/Hr After $200M Quarter

    10/25/2014 8:14:02 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Oct 2014 | Tony Lee
    A Silicon Valley tech company that reportedly made $200 million last quarter was importing foreign workers from India and paying them $1.21 an hour. According to the Labor Department, "about eight employees of Fremont-based Electronics For Imaging [EFI] were flown in from India and worked 120-hour weeks to help with the installation of computers at the company's headquarters." NBC Bay Area noted that "the employees were paid their regular hourly wage in Indian rupees, which translated to $1.21." EFI claimed it "unintentionally overlooked laws that require even foreign employees to be paid based on local US standards." The company reportedly...
  • Jobs Outsourced Overseas by Delawares U.S. Senator Chris Coons

    10/20/2014 4:57:00 AM PDT · by Moseley · 5 replies
    Red State ^ | October 20, 2014 | Johan Snyder
    Delawares Democrat U.S. Senator Chris Coons has outsourced over 2,170 high-paying Delaware jobs to China, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland from his familys business W.L. Gore and Associates. Yet in a bold act of chutzpah, Coons is also running for re-election by promising voters he will bring manufacturing jobs to the First State. Nationwide, Republicans have been hammered for many years with the false and unfair accusation that American jobs are going overseas because of Republican plans. Whereas Democrat Party policies harm the nation's business environment and drive employers out of the U.S.A., liberals come close to accusing Republicans...
  • Secrets of Saddam's nuclear programme hidden under tree

    09/25/2004 1:15:57 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 24 replies · 1,208+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | September 25, 2004 | KATHERINE PFLEGER SHRADER
    AN IRAQI scientist-turned-author says the most significant pieces of his countrys dormant nuclear programme were buried under a lotus tree in his backyard, untouched for more than a decade before the US-led invasion in 2003.But their existence, Dr Mahdi Obeidi writes in a new book, is evidence that the international community should remain vigilant as other countries try to replicate Iraqs successes before the 1991 Gulf war to develop components necessary for a nuclear weapon. In The Bomb in my Garden, Dr Obeidi details Saddams quest for a nuclear bomb: "Although Saddam never had nuclear weapons at his disposal, the...
  • One million Filipinos join booming Philippine outsourcing

    09/24/2014 3:23:12 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 25 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 11 hours ago | AFP
    The Philippines' booming outsourcing industry now employs a million people after growing almost tenfold in just over a decade, the industry association said Wednesday. Widely considered as second only to India, Philippine outsourcing is expected to earn $18 billion this year, said the IT and Business Process Association Philippines.
  • Off-shoring American jobs - good for corporations, bad for everyone else

    09/20/2014 2:28:08 PM PDT · by Noremac · 44 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | September 20, 2014 | Richard Cameron
    <p>Every now and then I see an article that is so reality deficient that it commits what amounts to sexual assault against common sense. Actually I see them all the time, but one in particular had me shaking my head.</p>
  • Burgers via call center? Jack in the Box...outsourcing fast-food orders.

    09/08/2014 12:53:05 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 41 replies
    The Christian Underground ^ | n.d. | Craig Portwood
    Burgers via call center? Jack in the Box in Charlotte North Carolina testing process of outsourcing fast-food orders. That crackling voice taking your order at a fast-food drive-through may come from a lot farther away than the restaurant: Try Texas, or even overseas. San Diego-based Jack in the Box has tested outsourced drive-through order-taking since mid-2008 at seven of its 30 Charlotte-area restaurants. Spokeswoman Kathleen Anthony declined to specify the locations, though workers at the Cotswold restaurant in Charlotte recently said their restaurant uses the system. The technology is intended to improve speed, accuracy and service, freeing up restaurant employees...
  • Have You Taken Your Obama Loyalty Oath?

    08/05/2014 4:16:09 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 5, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    Jonathan Alter at the Daily Beast has an idea that will infuse the presidents economic patriotism rhetoric with some bite: Compel companies to take loyalty oaths to prove their patriotism. You may find this suggestion a little creepy, maybe even a little fascistic; but Alter says that its time for red-blooded Americans to take matters into our own hands. And by taking the matter into our hands, Alter means that President Obama would unilaterally bar any company that practices inversion corporate merging with foreign firms to save on U.S. tax bills from doing business with the federal government....
  • Where China Goes To Outsource Its Own Soaring Labor Costs

    07/25/2014 7:01:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/25/2014 | Tyler Durden
    30 years ago, the great outsourcing wave took millions of US low-skilled jobs and planted them right in the heart of China, which was about to undergo the fastest industrialization-commercialization-financialization experiment in history. $26 trillion in bank assets later, the world's biggest housing bubble, and a teetering financial system that every day depends on Beijing making the correct central-planning decision (of kicking the can one more day, of course) or else the biggest financial collapse in history will take place, all lubricated by years of inflation in everything and most certainly wages, and suddenly outsourcing jobs in China is...
  • Backlash In U.S. Against Foreign Worker Visas Growing

    07/06/2014 11:03:16 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 50 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | July 6 2014 | LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ and PAUL WISEMAN
    Kelly Parker was thrilled when she landed her dream job in 2012 providing tech support for Harley-Davidson's Tomahawk, Wisconsin, plants. The divorced mother of three hoped it was the beginning of a new career with the motorcycle company. The dream didn't last long. Parker claims she was laid off one year later after she trained her replacement, a newly arrived worker from India. Now she has joined a federal lawsuit alleging the global staffing firm that ran Harley-Davidson's tech support discriminated against American workers in part by replacing them with temporary workers from South Asia. The firm, India-based Infosys...
  • This IT worker had to train an H-1B replacement (Bring back American jobs!)

    06/16/2014 7:06:58 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 30 replies
    Computerworld ^ | June 10, 2014 03:10 PM ET | Patrick Thibodeau
    U.S. workers protested job losses to foreign workers by displaying American flags in their cubicles
  • The Paying To Work For Free VFX Business Model (Gov funded college degrees for this)

    06/13/2014 6:04:53 PM PDT · by ransomnote ^ | 2012 | VFXSoldier (pen name of blogger)
    New horizontal expansion includes government-funded Bachelors and Masters programs wherein students pay Digital Domain to work for Digital Domain Soon after my tweet I get an email from a new VFX blogger called OccupyVFX who was able to find audio of the presentation given by Digital Domains CEO John Textor. The whole 22 minute presentation is posted above but the surprising part starts around 15:40 when Mr. Textor talks about their new VFX school in Florida called Digital Domain Institute: Classes starting in the education space, whats interesting is the relationship between the digital studio and the college. Not only...
  • As Ties With China Unravel, US Companies Head to Mexico

    06/12/2014 2:19:05 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 31, 2014 | Damien Cave
    With labor costs rising rapidly in China, American manufacturers of all sizes are looking south to Mexico with what economists describe as an eagerness not seen since the early years of the North American Free Trade Agreement in the 1990s. From border cities like Tijuana to the central plains where new factories are filling farmland, Mexican workers are increasingly in demand. American trade with Mexico has grown by nearly 30 percent since 2010, to $507 billion annually, and foreign direct investment in Mexico last year hit a record $35 billion. Over the past few years, manufactured goods from Mexico have...
  • Minimum Wage Push by Democrats Gains Supportof Robots and Overseas Call Centers

    05/21/2014 12:32:05 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 5 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | May 21, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    You may not realize it, but the next time you run through your local fast food drive-thru, that sweet and helpful voice on the other end may not be coming from the register, but half-way around the world, and if left-wing activists have their way, it may become an industry standard. Democrats frustrated by the lack of enthusiasm for their election-year push to increase the federal minimum wage need only look to outsource destinations such as India, the Philippines and elsewhere to find vocal support, as well as the reasons for apprehension among American voters for their signature policy initiative....
  • Price of fixing, upgrading Obamacare website rises to $121 million

    04/30/2014 8:26:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 04/30/2014 | By Tom Howell Jr. and Stephen Dinan
    Fixing the Obamacare website to get it ready to handle a second round of enrollments will cost the federal government $121 million, according to Accenture, the contractor hired to repair the glitchy website after the original contractor, CGI Federal, was fired in January. The deal, which Accenture announced on its website Tuesday, costs more than the $93.7 million it took CGI Federal to build in the first place. Its also $30 million more than the government projected for fixes just a few months ago, when it called in Accenture on an emergency basis to try to keep President Obamas...
  • GM boosting China production capacity to 5 million

    04/20/2014 10:35:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 20, 2014 10:49 AM EDT
    The president of General Motors said Sunday that the company and local partners are boosting production capacity for GM-brand vehicles in China to 5 million. Speaking at the Beijing auto show, Dan Ammann said the company also expects sales of its Cadillac luxury cars to double to 100,000 next year. General Motors Co. and its Chinese partners are in the midst of what the company has said is a $12 billion investment program through 2017.
  • Walgreens urged to leave US to gain tax benefit

    04/14/2014 7:26:05 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 35 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 4/14/14 (I think) | Ed Hammond
    OK it's not Walmart, but it's a serious issue nevertheless. America needs to keep, start, build and GROW global companies right here in America. Stop this nonsense.
  • Lawsuit: Oracle called $50K 'good money for an Indian'

    01/14/2014 8:21:14 PM PST · by coldphoenix · 60 replies
    IT World ^ | 14 Jan 2014 | Chris Kanaracus
    A former Oracle sales manager is suing the vendor, alleging he was fired shortly after complaining of discriminatory actions by his superior and other company officials. Ian Spandow was a high-performing sales manager at Oracle in Europe and later California, according to his lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. After coming aboard in 2005, he trained more than 1,000 new hires and gave skills coaching to hundreds of others, the suit states. Spandow was subsequently promoted in January 2008 to the position of coaching manager, and after continued success was promoted to...
  • Obamacare Outsourced

    01/13/2014 8:09:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Economic Populist blog ^ | January 12, 2014 | Robert Oak
    The Obama administration has offshore outsourced Obamacare. They made Accenture the lead contractor for the website The contract is estimated to be worth $90 million and the original contractor, CGI Federal, is out. We pointed out earlier that the failed Obamacare website was poetic justice as CGI Federal is also an offshore outsourcer of U.S. jobs. But now the poster boy for labor arbitrage, offshore tax havens, and bloated, often failed government contracts is in charge, Accenture. Accenture is one of the biggest offshore outsourcers of American jobs. In 2012 they used 4,037 H-1B Visas alone and are ranked...
  • Is Your Job About To Be Outsourced By A Computer (The Probability Is 47%)

    12/11/2013 7:44:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/11/2013 | Tyler Durden
    Productivity. Every employer loves it, and every employee is fascinated by it, especially if it comes in cute colors, a retina screen, and weighs under a pound... at least until such time as "productivity" results in the loss of the employee's job, which in turn makes the employer love it even more as it results in even higher profits, even if it means one more pink slip and a 91 million people outside the labor force. With a labor force already in turmoil as millions drop out every year never to be heard from again, made obscolete by the...
  • Infosys to pay $35 million, settle visa fraud case in US (ObamaCare Contractor for DC Exchange)

    10/30/2013 4:45:28 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 1 replies
    Times of India ^ | 10/30/13 | Chidanand Rajghatta
    IT services major Infosys is expected to cough up nearly $35 million (Rs 215 crore) in penalties said to be the biggest fine of its kind in American history to settle visa fraud allegations with the US justice department. The settlement, reached with the East Texas Attorney's office, is to be announced on Wednesday, though the market has long had an inkling of the deal from Infosys' regulatory filing. Infosys acknowledged receiving a federal grand jury subpoena seeking records related to its sponsorships for B-1 business visas and its use of them, according to an October 11 filing,...
  • Waxman Claims Private Sector Responsible for Obamacare Glitches

    10/22/2013 5:16:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 22, 2013 | Staff
    Rep. Henry Waxman (D., Calif.) blamed the private contractors retained by HHS to build and administer for the websites extensive glitches Tuesday on MSNBC. Waxman said Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius was not aware of all of the technicalities pertaining to the Obamacare website and thus should not be held responsible for its failure. Shes done a terrific job, Waxman said, I have a great deal of confidence in her. The private sector, according to Waxman, failed to live up to their contractual obligations even with all of the money they got. The California congressman suggested...
  • Obamacare Tech Firm Tried, Failed to Build Gun Registry in Canada

    10/22/2013 8:26:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 90 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 22 Oct 2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    CGI, the Canadian company whose U.S. subsidiary built the failed Obamacare website, was once contracted to build a federal gun registry for the Canadian government... CGI's contract was canceled in 2007 after a report by the Auditor General found that the Canadian Firearms Information System (CFIS) being built by CGI was "significantly over budget" and that it had been plagued by delays. The Conservative government that took power in 2006 canceled CGI's gun registry contract, and eventually repealed the Canadian gun registry entirely. ... The failed gun registry was only one of CGI's many Canadian failures, which included canceled contracts...
  • Obamacare Website Violates Licensing Agreement for Copyrighted Software

    10/17/2013 11:52:53 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 68 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | October 17, 2013 | JERYL BIER
    Company to pursue action against HHS for using copyrighted web script., the federal government's Obamacare website, has been under heavy criticism from friend and foe alike during its first two weeks of open enrollment. Repeated errors and delays have prevented many users from even establishing an account, and outside web designers have roundly panned the structure and coding of the site as amateurish and sloppy. The latest indication of the haphazard way in which was developed is the uncredited use of a copyrighted web script for a data function used by the site, a violation of the licensing...
  • ObamaCare Site Creator: 'People Fainting In Conference Calls'

    10/16/2013 4:23:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 16, 2013 | John Nolte
    CGI Federal is the Canadian IT contractor responsible for creating most of the ObamaCare website. Tuesday, after describing the site as a "complete train wreck," the Washington Post took an in-depth look at the company -- its origins, track record, and how it landed the ObamaCare contract. It is all worth a read, but one staffer told the Post that the working environment at CGI is so awful today that "People are getting sick, fainting in conference calls." The debacle has taken its toll on the working environment at CGI Federal's 10-story complex in Fairfax, Va., according to a...
  • Only 5 Iowans Have Signed Up For ObamaCare, Will Media Report?

    10/10/2013 3:48:37 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 9 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | Thursday, October 10, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    With all eyes on how many people have actually signed up for ObamaCare, it will be interesting to see how honest the media will be concerning this matter if the numbers are disappointing. For example, it was reported by Cedar Rapids, Iowa's ABC affiliate KCRG Wednesday that only five Iowans have actually been successful.

    10/10/2013 2:02:00 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/10/13 | Wynton hall
    Not a single resident of President Barack Obama's home state of Hawaii has signed up for Obamacare, reports CBS's D.C. affiliate. Hawaii officials say Obamacare's nationwide website failures have prevented the state's citizens from accessing even basic premium and healthcare plan information. Coral Andrews, executive director of the state's Obamacare "Health Connector" exchange, said she does not know when Hawaii will be able to relaunch its busted Obamacare exchange.
  • Flashback: H-1B workers in line for Obamacare work

    10/10/2013 1:20:49 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    Computerworld ^ | 9/25/2013 | Patrick Thibodeau
    Some state governments are willing to hire offshore IT service providers to work on healthcare IT projects under controversial contracts that don't bar use of temporary foreign labor, or workers on H-1B visas. Two multimillion-dollar government healthcare IT projects, one in Illinois and the other in the District of Columbia, illustrate what's going on. In Illinois, Cognizant was awarded a $74.1 million contract in June to upgrade the state's Medicaid systems to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. In January, the District of Columbia awarded Infosys a $49.5 million contract to develop a...
  • Obamacare SIte CODE, at own risk

    10/10/2013 8:57:07 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 39 replies ^ | October 9 2013 | self
    The Obamacare Sode said to be utter trash by several IT guys CLICK LINK AT OWN RISK!
  • Heres everything you need to know about Obamacares error-plagued websites

    10/10/2013 7:41:35 AM PDT · by posterchild · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Oct 9, 2013 | Timothy B. Lee
    The new health-care exchanges created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, have been in the news lately. And not in a good way. The system has been overwhelmed with traffic and plagued by bugs. Who built the system? And why are they having so many problems? Read on to find out. What do the Obamacare exchange websites do? The exchanges are online marketplace where millions of Americans who don't receive health insurance from their employers will be able to purchase coverage. The system is designed to work like any other e-commerce site. Users can...
  • We paid $634 million for the Obamacare sites and all we got was this lousy 404

    10/10/2013 6:04:01 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 24 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | October 8, 2013 | Andrew Couts
    ts been one full week since the flagship technology portion of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) went live. And since that time, the befuddled beast that is has shutdown, crapped out, stalled, and mis-loaded so consistently that its track record for failure is challenged only by Congress. The site itself, which apparently underwent major code renovations over the weekend, still rejects user logins, fails to load drop-down menus and other crucial components for users that successfully gain entrance, and otherwise prevents uninsured Americans in the 36 states it serves from purchasing healthcare at competitive rates Healthcare.govs primary purpose....
  • CBS: ObamaCare launch nothing short of disastrous

    10/10/2013 5:49:11 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 10,2013 | ED MORRISSEY
    Yesterday, Jan Crawford told CBS This Morning that the launch of the ObamaCare exchanges have been nothing short of disastrous, but its worth noting a day later. Why? Despite the efforts to take down and revamp the website, nothing has changed not the performance, not the promises, and not the administrations refusal to release any of the stats on enrollees on Day 10 House Republicans reminded IRS ObamaCare chief Sarah Ingram Hall during a hearing later yesterday on ObamaCare implementation that they wanted a delay all along, while Hall insisted that everything was hunky-dory on her end: House...
  • ObamaCare crash not just traffic

    10/10/2013 5:53:41 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies ^ | October 8, 2013 | Sam Baker and Elise Viebeck
    Problems plaguing online enrollment in ObamaCare are not just due to high traffic, but are being compounded by structural problems at, the federal government portal where people can shop for medical insurance. The Obama administration is now scrambling to fix technical troubles that contributed to a bruising debut last week for the new insurance marketplaces. I think theres growing consensus that its not just volume, said Caroline Pearson, a vice president at the consulting firm Avalere Health who focuses on the healthcare law. the main portal for consumers in 36 states to compare their coverage options ...
  • My Failed Attempt to Create An Obamacare Account: Can Site Really Be This Stupid?

    10/10/2013 5:37:27 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 42 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Just for fun, I tried to create an Obamacare account at this morning. At 6:48 AM CDT, I had no trouble getting in. Things were going swimmingly . . . until it came time to choose security questions and provide answers. As you'll see from the screengrab, I was informed that my account could not be created because "two or more answers to the security questions cannot be the same. You must provide distinct answers to the chosen security questions." President Obama, Kathleen Sebelius, or anybody else out there, please tell me, which of the following words are the...
  • Poll: Health exchange rollout gets poor reviews [ya don't say...]

    10/10/2013 1:28:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 10/10/2013
    The government's new health insurance marketplaces are drawing lots of rotten tomatoes in early reviews, but people are at least checking them out. Seven percent of Americans report that somebody in their household has tried to sign up for insurance through the health care exchanges, according to an AP-GfK poll. While that's a small percentage, it could represent more than 20 million people. Three-fourths of those who tried to sign up reported problems, though, and that's reflected in the underwhelming reviews. Overall, just 7 percent of Americans say the rollout of the health exchanges has gone well. Far more deem...
  • Middle class Americans reach out to lawyers in India via internet for legal aid

    10/04/2013 4:41:16 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 9 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | 5 Oct 2013 | The Economic Times
    BANGALORE: As legal help becomes exorbitantly expensive in the United States, an increasing number of middle-class Americans are reaching out over the internet to lawyers in India for advice and assistance. A growing community of Indian lawyers is finding a business opportunity in helping Americans prepare legal documents. Compared with the $150-300 ( 9,150-18,450) per hour that US lawyers typically charge, enterprising Indian counterparts with online shops are offering their services for as little as $7-20 ( 400-1,200) an hour. "This is proving to be lucrative as requests from US clients are increasing," says advocate Mitul Desai who runs a...
  • China builds fast to trigger drone race with America

    09/15/2013 8:23:27 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 35 replies
    The Sunday Times ^ | 15 September 2013 | Michael Sheridan, Far East Correspondent
  • Who Raised These Millennials Anyway?

    08/13/2013 7:04:15 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 64 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | Aug 6 2013 | Michelle Van Loon
    We once sang about hoping to die before we got old, but quite a few of my fellow baby boomers have begun to sound like a cross between 1960s sitcom crank Granny Clampett and the 1980s SNL Church Lady when it comes to our kids' generation. I've heard some in my age group lament that the millennials refuse to grow up. I've eavesdropped few remarks like, "Back when I was my son's age, I had a decent job and a mortgage. But you can't get a mortgage on a barista's salary. Come to think of it, back when I was...
  • US factory boss held hostage by workers in Beijing [Obama Diplomacy Failure. Again.]

    06/25/2013 5:03:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies ^ | 6/25/13 | Louise Watt
    An American executive said he has been held hostage for four days at his medical supply plant in Beijing by scores of workers demanding severance packages like those given to 30 co-workers in a phased-out department. Chip Starnes, 42, a co-owner of Coral Springs, Florida-based Specialty Medical Supplies, said local officials had visited the 10-year-old plant on the capital's outskirts and coerced him into signing agreements Saturday to meet the workers' demands even though he sought to make clear that the remaining 100 workers weren't being laid off.
  • Weakened By Obamas Union Coddling, Cooper Tires Is Sold To The Indians

    06/12/2013 4:27:51 PM PDT · by jjotto · 26 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | June 12, 2013 | Bertel Schmitt
    Cooper tires is becoming another victim of President Obamas much too cozy relationship with the union machine. Cooper Tires was bought by an Indian company. After President Obama sent a thank you to the Steelworkers Union and slapped an absolutely brain-dead punitive tariff of tires coming from China, a few things happened: Imports of low-cost tires did not stop. They came from other countries, at tariffs even lower than the old ones on Chinese tires. Not a single new job was created in America, but more than a few jobs at tire importers were destroyed. Americans paid more for tires....
  • America's engine of the future to get 'Made in China' label

    04/24/2013 4:45:56 PM PDT · by TwelveOfTwenty · 19 replies ^ | April 24, 2013 | Jeffrey Jablansky
    Thanks to generous support from a foreign backer, there is renewed hope for an American attempt to revolutionize, modernize and sanitize the automobile engine. The catch? The finished product will be stamped Made in China.
  • Will Your Job Be Reshored to a Federal Prisoner?

    03/15/2013 7:52:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Minyanville ^ | 03/15/2013 | Justin Rohrlich
    Twelve million Americans are currently unemployed, according to the most recent Department of Labor statistics. Forty percent of the unemployed have been so for at least six months, and the average job seeker spends 36.9 weeks out of work. The good news for the jobless? US industry is now in the throes of a reshoring trend: Next year were going to bring some production to the US, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Tim Cook told Bloomberg Businessweek in December. This doesnt mean that Apple will do it ourselves, but well be working with people and well be investing our money. The bad...
  • Despite Rhetoric, United States Outsourced Less Than 3,000 Jobs In 2012

    03/13/2013 6:19:00 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/11/2013 | Tom Gantert
    The outsourcing of U.S. jobs to other countries has been a political hot button during presidential debates and Michigan gubernatorial elections. One poll found it to be the top concern of Michigan residents age 18-29. Yet, there were only 2,687 jobs outsourced to other countries in the entire U.S. in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS report calculates the figures quarterly and lists them as "out-of-country relocations." With over 134 million jobs in the U.S., that means about 1 in every 50,000 was shipped to another country last year. The BLS doesnt separate the data by...
  • The Story of a Man Who Outsourced His Work to China so He Could Watch Cat Videos All Day

    01/16/2013 5:03:56 PM PST · by eldoradude · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 1/16/13 | Megan Rose Dickey
    A Verizon case study recently revealed that some people will go through great lengths in order to be able to watch cat videos all day. We first heard about it on TNW. The study documents the scam of a developer, who is referred to as Bob. He worked at a "critical infrastructure" company in the U.S. and started outsourcing his work to China underneath his company's nose, and would only pay those people less than one fifth of his six-figure salary. Here's how it was possible. Bob's company had started letting employees work remotely from home on certain days, so...
  • Fatal outsourcing? Thomas Hospital hit with $140 million verdict in death of Daphne woman

    12/14/2012 7:18:04 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 7 replies
    AL.COM ^ | 12/14/12 | Brendan Kirby
    BAY MINETTE, Alabama The family of a Daphne woman who received a lethal dose of medicine due to an error made by workers in India hired to save money on the preparation of medical records has won a $140 million judgment. The verdict, handed down this week in Baldwin County Circuit Court, holds Thomas Hospital and three other firms responsible for the 2008 death of Sharron Juno. It may be the richest civil verdict in the history of Baldwin County, renowned for its conservative juries. George Skip Finkbohner, an attorney who represented Junos son, attributed the large jury award...