Tuesday, January 31, 2012

F35 tail hook doesn't work


All kinds of super fancy CAD programs to help design and engineer and yet when it comes for the most basic of tasks you still end up with a failure. They have been landing planes on aircraft carriers for many decades. It is not a new concept. To spend hundreds of billions and end up with that kind of failure is sad.

In the case of the F-35, one of those dynamic forces includes the way the wires react when the jet passes over them. The wire reacts in a sine wave pattern, Burbage said. “The time differential between when the main gear rolls over the cable and the time the hook picks up the cable on a more convention airplane, there is more time for that wave to damp out,” he said. “In the case of the F-35, one of our design constraints is that hook just has to be closer to the main landing gear than on a conventional aircraft because of the requirement to hide it inside the airplane.”

Apple Cares!


“We care about every worker in our worldwide supply chain," Cook said. (Clearly)"Any suggestion that we don't care is patently false and offensive to us," he said.

Know what is offensive to me…..It is offensive that thousands of Americans lost their job so Apple could hire 13 year old Chinese kids who are forced to work 15 hours a day, 6 days a week, and earn $17.00 a day. That is what is offensive. It is offensive that these peoples lives are so horrible they would rather jump off the roof.

It is offensive that Apple would pretend they are the victim because the media is pointing out the reality. They are not the victim. The unemployed Americans are the victims. The Chinese slave labourers are the victims. Mr. Cook and his bank accounts full of money (because of these in humane practices) are not the victim. He ought to be ashamed.

Saying you care does not impress me. Saying you are having “more inspections” of your slave labour work force also does not impress me. I don’t think you care at all. Your actions speak louder then your hollow words. Your actions show you only care about $$$$$$$$ no matter how many people need to live in misery to get it for you.

I hope the PR beating Apple has been taking continues on.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Caterpillar - Swimming in money and shafting their employees.‏


Caterpillar screwing their Canadian Employees….

After demanding that wages and benefits be cut in half, Caterpillar locked out nearly 500 workers on New Year's Day.

"How are workers supposed to go back to earning wages last paid nearly 25 years ago, while the company is richer than ever?"

Caterpillar's demand to cut pay in half came despite record profits and surging executive pay. Company CEO Doug Oberhelman's latest annual pay packet was worth $10.5 million, twice what he received the year before.


Caterpillar profits up 60%

Caterpillar posted a profit of $1.55 billion.

Boeing screws Wichita‏


“It’s good for Kansas, it’s good for Wichita and it’s a great day to be alive here and to profess victory,” said Senator Pat Roberts, part of the political team that spent a decade battling on behalf of the company. “Every once in a while the good guys win.”

But less than a year later, on Jan. 4, Boeing executives solemnly gathered here for another announcement. The jobs would not be arriving after all, they said. Instead, they would shut down all of the company’s local operations by the end of 2013.

this is how Boeing leaves Wichita after eight decades as one of its biggest employers and most prestigious brands: in a trail of broken promises and bitter recriminations.

“This is not a cyclical thing,” “This isn’t Boeing cycling down. This is Boeing cycling out.”

Boeing gained a reputation for generous compensation and opportunities for career growth.
Today, a typical airplane worker here earns about $71,000 a year, about 80 percent higher than the average income in the city,

employment in airplane manufacturing here dropped to 29,000 from 42,000 in 2008 — accounting for more than half the lost jobs during that period

For residents, the message seemed unequivocal before the $35 billion contract to build aerial refueling tankers was secured. “Tanker Win Would Bring 7,500 Jobs, $388 Million to Kansas,” one Boeing press release declared.
But when the company concluded that it was prohibitively expensive to stay in the enormous facility — which includes 97 buildings — executives deflected charges of deceit by saying that the issues had not been anticipated. (They didn’t know they had 97 buildings?)

How Steve Jobs Screwed the American Worker‏


as Steven P. Jobs of Apple spoke, President Obama interrupted with an inquiry of his own: what would it take to make iPhones in the United States?

Almost all of the 70 million iPhones, 30 million iPads and 59 million other products Apple sold last year were manufactured overseas.

Why can’t that work come home? Mr. Obama asked.

Mr. Jobs’s reply was unambiguous. “Those jobs aren’t coming back,” This is where Mr Obama fails miserable. He is suppose to be a leader. What he should have said was Mr. Jobs with all due respect those manufacturing jobs will be coming back. I am going to force you to bring them back. I am going to drop a $300.00 tarriff on every Iphone coming to the United States that is not manufactured in the United States. I am going to drop the same tariff on all your competition too. I know most of your cell phones are sold in the USA. If you want to keep that market you need to do your part for the country. If you don’t want the tariff then you need to manufacture here. That is how it is going to go. Now pass the green beans.

We need Obama to be a leader not a fricken p*ssy!

Apple’s executives believe the vast scale of overseas factories as well as the flexibility, diligence and industrial skills of foreign workers have so outpaced their American counterparts that “Made in the U.S.A.” is no longer a viable option for most Apple products.

Last year, it earned over $400,000 in profit per employee, more than Goldman Sachs, Exxon Mobil or Google.

Apple employs 43,000 people in the United States and 20,000 overseas

Many more people work for Apple’s contractors: an additional 700,000 people engineer, build and assemble iPads, iPhones and Apple’s other products

Apple had redesigned the iPhone’s screen at the last minute, forcing an assembly line overhaul. New screens began arriving at the plant near midnight.

A foreman immediately roused 8,000 workers inside the company’s dormitories, according to the executive. Each employee was given a biscuit and a cup of tea, guided to a workstation and within half an hour started a 12-hour shift fitting glass screens into beveled frames. Within 96 hours, the plant was producing over 10,000 iPhones a day. Americans aren’t willing to live in dormitories. Or work 12 hour shifts at a moments notice. Chinese don’t want to do it either. They would rather jump off the roof and kill themselves but the government won’t let them. So if Americans want to compete the US Government must step in. It is the only way this gets fixed.

“Companies once felt an obligation to support American workers, even when it wasn’t the best financial choice,”

companies argue they need to move work where it can generate enough profits to keep paying for innovation. $400,000 in profit per employee isn’t enough?????

Doing otherwise risks losing even more American jobs over time I love this argument. WE HAVE TO GET RID OF US JOBS SO WE DON’T LOSE MORE US JOBS. They think we are really stupid.

“We don’t have an obligation to solve America’s problems.”

The Chinese government had agreed to underwrite costs for numerous industries, and those subsidies had trickled down to the glass-cutting factory. How is this not a tariff on American workers. The Chinese government is helping to drive down the cost of making things in China. If the US government did this the Chinese would complain to the WTO and the USA would be punished. The Chinese do it all the time and nobody says boo. We are told that is how capitalism works.

The facility has 230,000 employees, many working six days a week, often spending up to 12 hours a day at the plant. Over a quarter of Foxconn’s work force lives in company barracks and many workers earn less than $17 a day. When one Apple executive arrived during a shift change, his car was stuck in a river of employees streaming past. “The scale is unimaginable,” he said.

it assembles an estimated 40 percent of the world’s consumer electronics for customers like Amazon, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, Nintendo, Nokia, Samsung and Sony.

“What U.S. plant can find 3,000 people overnight and convince them to live in dorms?”

cut glass arrived at Foxconn City in the dead of night, according to the former Apple executive. That’s when managers woke thousands of workers, who crawled into their uniforms — white and black shirts for men, red for women — and quickly lined up to assemble, by hand, the phones. Within three months, Apple had sold one million iPhones. Since then, Foxconn has assembled over 200 million more.

Companies like Apple “say the challenge in setting up U.S. plants is finding a technical work force LIAR!

paying American wages would add up to $65 to each iPhone’s expense. I think every American would be willing to pay an extra $65 for an iphone to be made in the USA. Lets do it.

“We could make the glass here, and then ship it by boat, but that takes 35 days. Or, we could ship it by air, but that’s 10 times as expensive. So we build our glass factories next door to assembly factories, and those are overseas.” Ohhhh shipping it is the problem. I see……

“What they really want are 30-year-olds without children,” said Mr. Saragoza, who today is 48, and whose family now includes five of his own.

After a few months of looking for work, he started feeling desperate. Even teaching jobs had dried up. So he took a position with an electronics temp agency that had been hired by Apple to check returned iPhones and iPads before they were sent back to customers. Every day, Mr. Saragoza would drive to the building where he had once worked as an engineer, and for $10 an hour with no benefits, wipe thousands of glass screens and test audio ports by plugging in headphones.

The biggest rewards, however, have often gone to Apple’s top employees. Mr. Cook, Apple’s chief, last year received stock grants — which vest over a 10-year period — that, at today’s share price, would be worth $427 million, and his salary was raised to $1.4 million. In 2010, Mr. Cook’s compensation package was valued at $59 million, according to Apple’s security filings.

“We shouldn’t be criticized for using Chinese workers,” a current Apple executive said. “The U.S. has stopped producing people with the skills we need.” LIAR! America has stopped producing workers willing to work 6 days a week 12 hours a day for $17.00. Tell the truth.

I’m not worried about the country’s long-term future,” Mr. Jobs told Mr. Obama, according to one observer. “This country is insanely great. What I’m worried about is that we don’t talk enough about solutions.” TARIFFS! I talk about them all the time.

At dinner, for instance, the executives had suggested that the government should reform visa programs to help companies hire foreign engineers. Some had urged the president to give companies a “tax holiday” so they could bring back overseas profits which, they argued, would be used to create work. Mr. Jobs even suggested it might be possible, someday, to locate some of Apple’s skilled manufacturing in the United States if the government helped train more American engineers. Apple is too poor to train people?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

China benefiting from The Iran Situation.‏


Remember last month when China wanted to get a look at the US Spy drone which Iran stole. Well now the US wants to put a stranglehold on Iran’s ability to sell Oil. Guess what country is not going to be helpful…. You guess it….. our old friends in Communist Red China. Why would they be helpful when they stand to benefit from Iran. They will get cheaper oil. The US pays for protecting all the shipping lanes coming in and out of the gulf. The Chinese pay nothing even though most of the oil goes to them. The Chinese can sit back and reap all the benefits. Maybe if they are real nice to the Iranians they will show them our state of the art spy plane. Then they can take the technology and use it against us in some future situation. And hey if Iran does get nuclear weapons they won’t be aimed at China. It is a win/win for them. They never miss an opportunity to be a complete pain in the azz to the good ol USA.

J&J Sued over Tylenol Death‏


2-year-old River Moore was given Very Berry Strawberry flavored Children's Tylenol for a slight fever late on July 22, 2010 and began spitting up blood 30 minutes later. He was rushed to a hospital and died the next day of liver failure. The family's lawyer, Joseph Messa of Philadelphia, said Thursday that the liquid medicine contained excessive acetaminophen that damaged the child's liver, causing his death.

Johnson & Johnson said in a statement that its 2010 recalls of children's products were not related to the "serious adverse events or cases of overdose" alleged in the lawsuit

The recall was one of more than two dozen that J&J has issued since September 2009, for products ranging from adult and children's nonprescription Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and other medicines to prescription drugs for HIV and seizures, defective hip implants that caused severe pain and contact lenses that irritated the eyes.

Reasons for the recalls have included nauseating odors from packaging, liquid medicines containing small glass or metal particles, and wrong levels of active ingredient.

Obama Rolling In Money...


raised more than $68 million in the fourth quarter

puts the Obama campaign and DNC fundraising at over $200 million for the year

Obama's fundraising totals dwarf those of Republican front-runner Mitt Romney, whose campaign said on Wednesday it had raised $24 million

The Obama team is shooting to top the roughly $750 million it raised for the president's successful White House bid in 2008.

$750,000,000.00 for a job that pays $400,000.00. Yeah that makes sense. Who do you think is donating all those hundreds of million of dollars? You think it is unemployed people? You think it is homeless people? Looking at these staggering figures is it any wonder the rich keep getting richer and richer and richer. Is it any wonder why 99% of the country has 0 representations in Washington? Just follow the $$$$$$.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

ADM Laying Off 1000


ADM cutting 1000 jobs. If Hostess isn’t going to be selling Twinkies full of HFCS that is a big problem for Archer Daniels Midland.

Archer Daniels Midland the company operates everything from shipping barges to ethanol plants and big factories where corn is turned into a rainbow of engineered food ingredients. (High Fructose Corn Syrup)

Tax breaks to keep jobs here.


Obama wants to give tax breaks for companies who hire Americas and not send jobs overseas.

I don’t understand. I thought sending jobs overseas was a good thing. I thought it made companies “more competitive”. I thought it helped them save money which keeps prices down. I thought it was the consumers fault all the jobs were overseas because we demand cheaper products.

Was that all lies?

How come Obama didn’t come up with this genius idea in 2008. Or 2009. Or 2010. How come ONLY in an election year does this propaganda come out? Everyone knows it will never happen. Everyone knows it will never make it through congress. Obama knows it. Congress knows it. Yet there he is pretending he is going to fix the problem.

“The president will propose 12 million dollars in his 2013 budget to promote business investment from overseas to the United States”.

WOW……. 12 million dollars……Well don’t bankrupt the country on this brilliant idea. The budget is 2 trillion dollars and he is going to spend 12 million. This is no joke. The fertilizer on the White House lawn costs more then 12 million. That is really going to fix everything. Where will Walmart put all the Made in USA merchandise once Obama spends such a whopping amount of money.
Remember when Obama told us the Jobs weren’t coming back? Remember that? I do.


China Threats to US Navy


China is building a new class of ballistic missiles designed to arc through the stratosphere and explode onto the deck of a U.S. carrier, killing sailors and crippling its flight deck.

Since 1945, the U.S. has ruled the waters of the western Pacific, thanks in large part to a fleet of 97,000-ton carriers—each one "4.5 acres of mobile, sovereign U.S. territory," as the Navy puts it. For nearly all of those years, China had little choice but to watch American vessels ply the waters off its coast with impunity.
Part of its plan is to force U.S. carriers to stay farther away from its shores, Chinese military analysts say

At stake is the balance of power in a corner of the seas that its growing rapidly in importance.

China's state media has said its new missile, called the DF-21D, was built to strike a moving ship up to about 1,700 miles away. U.S. defense analysts say the missile is designed to come in at an angle too high for U.S. defenses against sea-skimming cruise missiles and too low for defenses against other ballistic missiles.
Even if U.S. systems were able to shoot down one or two, some experts say, China could overwhelm the defenses by targeting a carrier with several missiles at the same time.

U.S. officials worry that, in the event of a conflict, China would try to attack the satellite networks that control drones, as well as military networks within the U.S. The outcome of any conflict, they believe, could turn in part on who can jam the other's electronics or hack their computer networks more quickly and effectively.

Tensions have grown between Japan and China over islands each nation claims in the East China Sea. Large quantities of oil and gas are believed to lie under the South China Sea, and China, Vietnam, the Philippines and other nations have been asserting conflicting territorial claims on it. Last year, Vietnam claimed China had harassed one of its research vessels, and China demanded that Vietnam halt oil-exploration activities in disputed waters.

A few years ago, the U.S. military might have responded to any flare-up by sending one or more of its 11 aircraft carriers to calm allies and deter Beijing. Now, the People's Liberation Army, in additional to the missiles it has under development, has submarines capable of attacking the most visible instrument of U.S. military power.

Beijing's interest in developing anticarrier missiles is believed to date to the Taiwan Strait crisis of 1996. The Chinese government, hoping to dissuade voters in Taiwan from re-electing a president considered pro-independence, conducted a series of missile tests, firing weapons into the waters off the island. President Bill Clinton sent two carrier battle groups, signaling that Washington was ready to defend Taiwan—a strategic setback for China.

The Chinese military embarked on a military modernization effort designed to blunt U.S. power in the Pacific by developing what U.S. military strategists dubbed "anti-access, area denial" technologies.

Hostess Is Bankrupt


The company has about 19,000 full-time and part-time employees, including 10,413 hourly workers and 8,436 salaried workers, according to a court filing. About 83% of the employees are union members.
"The employees have been witness to the closing or sale of several operations within the debtors' business as well as company-wide layoffs or reductions in force," the document said. "The increase pressures on the employees, together with layoffs and general concern about the welfare of the debtors, have led to a decline in employee morale."