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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

sgt_doom Re:We're crazy (441 comments)

Your comments are highly nonsensical, hope you aren't really in IT, but then the last decade I've witnessed nothing but dregs in IT, with few exceptions. Regarding farm workers, they same is going on there, with both American and Latino undocumented workers laid off and replaced with Thai workers specifically flow in to replace them (as illegal as all the other replacment worker/foreign visa scab worker scams). This occurred in at least three states: Washington, Hawaii and California, although the court in Washington compensated the laid off workers here and fined the law-breaking company which flew in those cheaper Thai workers.

about two weeks ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

sgt_doom Re:"Culture in tech is a very meritocratic culture (441 comments)

Good point, now please allow me to describe the "meritocratic" Amerikan process I came into contact with at Microsoft in the 1990s as a tech support contractor (was a highly skilled programmer once upon a time, but due to advanced age I found myself working down the jobs structure): they gave us an preliminary tech knowledge test to ascertain if we qualified, but of course, refused to tell us our scores [I qualified, and later find out I was only of two who had actually passed said test --- always be hyper suspicious when they refuse to tell you your score].

Next, we go through several weeks training, where they assure us that only those who pass the test finals will set on a rack to answer clients tech problems --- only two of us (older and more experienced) actually pass the Operations exam and the Networking exam, yet everyone goes to work the next week.

Yes this was only tech support for MS Windows 95, but that is how they, MS, and the rest of the industry rolls --- absolutely zero meritocratic processes, although MS and a few others are obsessive about hiring Ivy League types.

about two weeks ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

sgt_doom Re:Bullshit (441 comments)

If only American business could hire the best managers and CEOs, instead they only thing they are good for today is producing junk paper (over 60% of the GDP is based upon the top 5 banksters, who control 90% of the credit derivatives, which is called such one day, then the very next day the stooge at the Fed says it's all just junk paper), offshoring jobs and importing foreign visa scab workers.

about two weeks ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

sgt_doom This is why, (441 comments)

. . US workers should focus on making bombs and various incendiaries to implement blowback against all the criminal corporations out there: GE, AT&T, Chase, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Blackstone Group, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, KKR, TPG, etc., etc., etc. Time to bring back the days of the McNamara brothers, Emma Goldman, Alexander Birkman ---- in other words, time to go Old School!

about two weeks ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

sgt_doom Re:Feeding the PR engine, (441 comments)

Of course you are correct, pecosdave, but then /.'s parent company does offshore jobs, after all.

about two weeks ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

sgt_doom Same old bullcrap . . . (441 comments)

. . . when we all know of dozens and dozens of times these foreign visa scab workers have never been vetted and end up being responsible (that is, their corporate dipshit bosses bear the ultimate responsibility) for crap problems which arise accordingly. Plus there have been numerous studies supporting this. Sorry, charlie, your b.s. ain't flying this time. It's 2014, do you know where your economy is?

about two weeks ago
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City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns

sgt_doom Lowdown on City of London Corp. (133 comments)

Quite a few people won't understand what the City of London is about, since it comprises the financial district of the U.K., and goes back before the Norman Conquest (1066, which is probably why they were graned special rights above all others). Although this is supposition on my part (and others) it is thought to go back to the time of the Roman Empire, when they occupied ares of the British Isles, and established various short-term corporations to undertake various infrastructure building missions.

Now the City of London is owned by the City of London Corporation, which not only is the oldest but continuous existing corporation in the Western Hemisphere, if not the planet. They control the City of London Police, and the Queen, prior to entering that district, must first have a royal audience with the Lord High Mayor of London (as opposed to the other mayor, the mayor of the entire city of London) --- this has long been traditional and sacrosanct.

The City of London Corporation also has the oldest and continuous existing financial investment fund (forgot their name for it, sorry), and several bits of circumstantial evidence only, suggests they invested in some backward street and real estate in New Amsterdam, later to be known as Wall Street of New York City.

Now many may wonder about the relationship between the British royals and the City of London Corporation? Sometime around the early 1700s, the CoLC bought off the royal family by offering them, in perpetuity, leases on the choicest real estate throughout London, and outlying areas, based upon the cheapest discount RE rates of that day --- in other words, the CoLC leased out those lands to the royals, for a few shillings, a rate never to change, while the royals in turn would lease and rent out those lands and abodes for massive amounts over the centuries, especially in modern times.

Of course, this perpetuity thing was changed some years back, so now (I believe) it is only for 2,000 more years!

If you believe this to be farfetched, simply read a UK travel book or brochure some time, which is where I originally learned of this.

Oh, yes, shortly after this lease deal was sealed between the royals the CoLC, the Bank of England was established. (Think that may have been part of the deal?)

about a month ago
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US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

sgt_doom Well, Aaron Swartz was pretty . . . . (162 comments)

damn smart, learned to read at the age of 3, was responsible for major news and info gathering protocols, etc., and this effing gov't hounded him to death.

Jeremy Hammond is another superior technoid, and he's in jail. John Kiriakou, not sure about his tech skills, but he is certainly an intelligent and honorable man, and he's in jail.

Any questions?

about a month ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

sgt_doom No free press in Euroland (512 comments)

On a number of sites (especially thelocal.se) in Sweden, the recent denial of appeal for WikiLeaks' Julian Assange generated an extraordinary amount of negative response to the Swedish courts and government, yet checking back a short time later, I would find these comments all deleted, and this was the case repeatedly.

For any still clueless about this situation, please read:

http://www.nnnn.se/nordic/assa...

Recently, a legal action by Wikileaks was invoked against the FBI in Denmark, which is illegally conducting activities there without the consent of the Danish government --- which is against the law.

about a month ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

sgt_doom But this will irritate Hillary!!! (401 comments)

Portrait of a Neocon

Voted for the Iraqi War and all subsequent war financing legislation while a senator.

Her major donors in her senate race were the Indian offshoring firm, the Tata Consultancy and Rupert Murdoch.

Helped open an American jobs offshoring office for the Tata Consultancy in Buffalo, NY, "to aid their economy"?!?!?!? (Also belonged to the Indian group within the senate which raised numeric levels for foreign visa scab workers in the USA.)

Chaired the Millennium Challenge Corporation which helped to finance the overthrow of democratically elected (and highly popular) Honduran President Zelaya.

Was endorsed in her presidential run in 2008 by the vile rightwinger plutocrat, Richard Mellon Scaife.

As secretary of state, appointed uber neocons Marc Grossman(former George W. Bush inner circle dood) and Victoria Nuland.

Recently gave a talk embracing her love for Monsanto's GMOs.

Believes Edward Snowden should return to the USA where, of course, he will receive a fair trial!

Was still secretary of state when US State Department was involved in the ouster of the democratically-elected president of the Ukraine.

Claims to really be Hillary Clinton Cratchit and suffering from bouts of extreme poverty!

about 2 months ago
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Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC

sgt_doom Re:"The Internet" (209 comments)

Aaaah....thanx, another intelligent comment!

about 2 months ago
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Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC

sgt_doom Re:"The Internet" (209 comments)

But Lessig is not the one to lead, he is that wolf in sheeple's clothing the misinformed will follow. Find out his comments before the Federalist Society (which he has appeared at many, many times) and at the Bilderberger form he attended with those execs from Stratfor and Palintir Technology.

about 2 months ago
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Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC

sgt_doom Now listen, Woz. . . (209 comments)

I love ya, and I believe you to be one of the greatest Polish-Americans who ever lived, if not the Greatest, but stupid is as stupid does, and Lessig is another covert neocon for Wall Street, who is misleading people by wasting their time (and money, fer crissakes), in a completely futile (and purposely by design "futile") endeavor which will accomplish nothing but end up making more and more active people frustrated and demoralized.

about 2 months ago
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Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding

sgt_doom Aqui says ..... (247 comments)

.... even Warren Buffett thinks it's time to tax the rich --- sorry, Charlie, once again you've demonstrated you are one of the easily led sheeple.

Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has been in federal tax court for years, fighting not to pay the zillions they owe in federal taxes.

Buffett was chair of Salomon Brothers, one of the premier Wall Street firms which lobbied for the adoption of what he calls "economic weapons of mass destruction" --- credit derivatives --- which Buffett then hired lobbyists to lobby against any oversight of them in the so-called Dodd-Frank economic reform legislation. You be all confused, dood!

about 3 months ago
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Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding

sgt_doom Great points, xappax, which is exactly ... (247 comments)

...why they brought forth Lessig, the son of wealth and one of Wall Street's professional misdirection specialists, to do this.

You, in your superb analytical thinking, see right through this sham for what it is, while others, will be fooled and misled by a Lessig, or a Jeremy Rifkin, or a Kevin Philips, etc., etc., etc.

The revolution will not be foundation funded.

Your ignorance is their power.

about 3 months ago
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Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding

sgt_doom Re:Step in the right direction (247 comments)

If anyone is counting on son of wealth, and misdirection specialist, who has spent much of his adult life attending affairs held by the most neocon of neocon outfits, the Federalist Society, guess again.

Lessig's the dood the bring out to coopt everything. Your pessimism is well founded!

about 3 months ago

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This Machine Kills Secrets by Andy Greenberg

sgt_doom sgt_doom writes  |  about 2 years ago

sgt_doom writes "Privacy on the Internet can be a life or death proposition: whether it was Yahoo's Jerry Yang outing a Chinese pro-democracy activist to the Chinese government, the secret police of Bahrain disappearing protesters, or the lengthy incarceration and sleep-deprivation torture of Bradley Manning, the outcomes can be enormous.

Greenberg has exhaustively researched the story — and the back story -- providing the reader with the ultimate bird's eye view of the unfolding story of WikiLeaks, Internet privacy and the corporate and governmental battles waged against them; this is one kick ass piece of work!

From cryptography and cipherpunks to the extreme efforts of hacktivists, Greenberg delivers mightily.

Highly recommended!"

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