Sunday, August 30, 2015

Chris Christie...Tracking Immigrants Like Fed Ex Packages........

Keep track of immigrants in real time (at all times) just like a Fed Ex Package.
No seriously this is not a joke. This is only funny because it is so real.
Chris Christie really wants to do this.
See when Hitler wanted to track people he had to tattoo numbers on their arm. That was so inefficient.
But with technology that is no longer necessary. Today we can do so much better…….
They can use bar code technology and track them on the internet. That is so much better.
Chris Christie and Fed Ex will lead the way. That is if Fed Ex ever responds……Right now the executives are huddled in a conference room asking each other did Chris Christie really just mention our name with this idea……Please say he didn’t really do that.
Republicans…..Real solutions for real problems.
Without Republicans what would we all have to laugh at. They single handedly keep me entertained.
Thanks Chris Christie. This article brightened my day.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Amazon Is A Terrible Company To Work For.......

Last week the NY Times published a story about how awful it is to work at Amazon.
The next day Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos responded saying he was shocked and he did not recognize the company being described.
This response was a comical since Amazon being described as a horrible place to work is not a new story at all. Amazon has been described this way for years.
Nobody ever disputes that it is horrible but everyone just likes to pretend they are shocked. SHOCKED!!!!!!
In 2011 at the Amazon warehouse in Pennsylvania they didn’t have air conditioning. The company refused to open the loading dock doors for fear employees might steal merchandise.
The temperature in the warehouse climbed to 110 degrees and employees began passing out. Amazons solution was to station an ambulance at the warehouse to deliver the abused workers to the hospital faster. The workers who went to the hospital were written up and punished for missing work.
Eventually a doctor at the hospital called the state and complained. Amazon begrudgingly fixed the problem.
Amazon is considered one of the great companies of our current economy. Amazon just passed Walmart (Another notoriously bad company to work for) in market cap. Congrats…..
People think working at Amazon will be a great thing. All the more reason Amazon is able to treat their employees like dog sh*t.
Most employees that work at Amazon will either quit or be fired and that is just fine with Amazon. The company has no problem with people coming and going as long as wages stay low and they can continue treating their workers poorly.
We are told that without capitalism we would have communism……. but if you read the details of how awful it is to work at Amazon you might think that is kind of the same thing as communism.
Instead of the government running your life (and treating you terrible) you have a corporation doing it.
Either way you are still far from free and happy
Amazon’s system of employee monitoring is the most oppressive I have ever come across and combines state-of-the-art surveillance technology with the system of “functional foreman,” introduced by Taylor in the workshops of the Pennsylvania machine-tool industry in the 1890s.
Amazon tags its employees with personal sat-nav (satellite navigation) computers that tell them the route they must travel to shelve consignments of goods, but also set target times for their warehouse journeys and then measure whether targets are met.
All this information is available to management in real time, and if an employee is behind schedule she will receive a text message pointing this out and telling her to reach her targets or suffer the consequences.
Kate Salasky worked shifts of up to eleven hours a day, mostly spent walking the length and breadth of the warehouse. In March 2011 she received a warning message from her manager, saying that she had been found unproductive during several minutes of her shift, and she was eventually fired. This employee tagging is now in operation at Amazon centers worldwide.
Workers would be reprimanded for speaking to one another or for pausing to catch their breath after an especially tough packing job.
The functional foreman would record how often the packers went to the bathroom and, if they had not gone to the bathroom nearest the line, why not.
higher output targets are declared by Amazon management without explanation or warning, and employees who cannot make the cut are fired.
At Amazon’s Allentown depot, Mark Zweifel, twenty-two, worked on the receiving line, “unloading inventory boxes, scanning bar codes and loading products into totes.” After working six months at Amazon, he was told, without warning or explanation, that his target rates for packages had doubled from 250 units per hour to 500.
Zweifel was able to make the pace, but he saw older workers who could not and were “getting written up a lot” and most of whom were fired.
A temporary employee at the same warehouse, in his fifties, worked ten hours a day as a picker, taking items from bins and delivering them to the shelves. He would walk thirteen to fifteen miles daily. He was told he had to pick 1,200 items in a ten-hour shift, or 1 item every thirty seconds. He had to get down on his hands and knees 250 to 300 times a day to do this. He got written up for not working fast enough, and when he was fired only three of the one hundred temporary workers hired with him had survived.
Amazon’s treatment of its employees, a pervasive culture of meanness and mistrust that sits ill with its moralizing about care and trust—for customers, but not for the employees.
the company forces its employees to go through scanning checkpoints when both entering and leaving the depots, to guard against theft, and sets up checkpoints within the depot, which employees must stand in line to clear before entering the cafeteria, leading to what Amazon’s German employees call Pausenklau (break theft), shrinking the employee’s lunch break from thirty to twenty minutes, when they barely have time to eat their meal.
the lengths Amazon was prepared to go to keep costs down and output high and yielded a singular image of Amazon’s ruthlessness—ambulances stationed on hot days at the Amazon center to take employees suffering from heat stroke to the hospital. Despite the summer weather, there was no air-conditioning in the depot, and Amazon refused to let fresh air circulate by opening loading doors at either end of the depot—for fear of theft. Inside the plant there was no slackening of the pace, even as temperatures rose to more than 100 degrees.
On June 2, 2011, a warehouse employee contacted the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration to report that the heat index had reached 102 degrees in the warehouse and that fifteen workers had collapsed. On June 10 OSHA received a message on its complaints hotline from an emergency room doctor at the Lehigh Valley Hospital: “I’d like to report an unsafe environment with an Amazon facility in Fogelsville. . . . Several patients have come in the last couple of days with heat related injuries.”
On July 25, with temperatures in the depot reaching 110 degrees, a security guard reported to OSHA that Amazon was refusing to open garage doors to help air circulate and that he had seen two pregnant women taken to a nursing station. Calls to the local ambulance service became so frequent that for five hot days in June and July, ambulances and paramedics were stationed all day at the depot. Commenting on these developments, Vickie Mortimer, general manager of the warehouse, insisted that “the safety and welfare of our employees is our number-one priority at Amazon, and as general manager I take that responsibility seriously.” To this end, “Amazon brought 2,000 cooling bandannas which were given to every employee, and those in the dock/trailer yard received cooling vests.”
What does it say about our economy when one of the biggest and brightest companies is actually just a modern day sweat shop.
If these giant companies don’t care at all about their workers why would any of the smaller companies?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Trump VS Zuckerberg......

Trump VS Zuckerberg
Zuckerberg is one of the leading tech executives who has called for a more open immigration policy. Specifically, he wants to make more H-1B visas available to tech employers so they can hire foreign skilled workers.
Trump said he wants to require employers to pay H-1B workers much more money, which he said would discourage companies from hiring them and boost job prospects for Americans.
Zuckerberg started a public interest group called to push for immigration and lobbying reform along with Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. Neither Facebook(FB, Tech30) nor had an immediate comment on Trump's criticism of Zuckerberg.
Trump says that there are plenty of graduates with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM, to fill tech jobs. That means that employers don't need H-1B visas to fill jobs, and are using them instead to keep wages low.
Employers are supposed to pay a typical wage to anyone hired under a H-1B visa. But in reality, employees on these visas are typically paid 20 to 45% less than U.S. workers who they are often replacing
The Census Bureau confirms that 74% of people who hold a STEM bachelor's degree have a job outside of those fields.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Dreamliners Still Need Safety Review.......

Investigators on Wednesday called for a safety review of lithium battery-powered equipment on planes after a fire on a parked Boeing 787 Dreamliner two years ago that flight attendants would have struggled (failed) to contain in the air.
The blaze tore through an empty Ethiopian Airlines jet at London's Heathrow Airport in July 2013, burning a hole in the fuselage and filling the cabin with acrid smoke.
Britain's Air Accident Investigations Branch concluded in a report Wednesday that the fire was caused by "crossed and trapped" wires (Outsourcing incompetence) in the lithium battery powering the emergency locator transmitter, or ELT, the "pinger" beacon that helps track missing aircraft.
Contact between the wires caused a short circuit and a thermal "runaway" (Thermal runaway sounds like fun…..Nothing better at 38,000 feet than a thermal runaway) in which the battery overheated and caught fire, generating toxic fumes (Toxic fumes are fun at 38,000 feet too…..Just breath normal), the report said. The fire spread to the fuselage, which is made of composite material.
Urgent checks were carried out on other Boeing 787s after the accident, resulting in the discovery of at least three other instances of (Outsourcing Incompetence) crossed ELT battery wires.
The plane was deemed safe (why wouldn’t it be…..multiple fire instances is nothing to worry about), but investigators now say there are concerns (No sir!) that other on-board equipment powered by the same type of battery could be at risk. (That is just fear mongering)
The investigators called on the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to lead regulators in Canada and Europe in deciding whether such devices have sufficient protection (clearly they don’t) against the effects of short circuits.
The AAIB also wants Boeing to speed up tests on how toxic smoke from an ELT battery fire would spread through the state-of-the-art system that controls cabin air in the Dreamliner. (What is there to test…The toxic smoke will spread through the ventilation system and everyone will choke. No big deal)
The report could lead to further design changes (I doubt it) for the troubled 787, which has been dogged by problems (lots of them) since it entered service in 2011 (was supposed to enter in 2007) after long production (outsourcing) delays.
The July 2013 fire shut Heathrow for 90 minutes and caused major delays. But the outcome could have been much worse if the plane had been in the air. (It would have crashed)
The AAIB said that tackling an ELT fire during a flight "would be challenging" (you think…..) for flight attendants because of the transmitter's "inaccessible location" above the rear of the cabin, just under the outer skin of the fuselage.
"Gaining access to the ELT, which may (may? ) require the removal of cabin ceiling panels, and getting close enough to make the use of a fire extinguisher effective, would be challenging," the report said. "Without specific training it is unrealistic for a member of the cabin crew to perform this task." (How reassuring)
In fact, the report added, opening ceiling panels "could feed the fire with oxygen and invigorate it." Flight attendants would have to stand on a seat, (excuse me while I climb up here.) or an arm rest, to aim a fire extinguisher at the source of the blaze. (Flight attendants shouldn’t wear skirts just in case.)
In a statement, Boeing spokesman Paul R. Bergman said: "The final report by the AAIB is extensive (alarming) and thorough, and we appreciate (no you don’t) the effort put into the investigation."
The manufacturer promised to "carefully review (toss in the trash) the AAIB's recommendations," but added: "It is important that any potential changes to the airplane's design be reviewed (ignored) with great care, and with due consideration for any potential unintended consequences (costs) of any change. We will work closely (ignore) with regulators, operators and industry partners to ensure that the safety of the world's commercial jetliners continues at the highest levels."
The statement added: "The safety of passengers and crew members who fly aboard Boeing airplanes is our highest priority.We are confident the 787 is safe
(They said that before the fires too) and we stand behind its overall integrity." (That is enough for me. If they believe it than I believe it too.)
The FAA did not respond to a request for comment. (They were still snoozing…No dead bodies yet)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Women To Be Allowed Into The NAVY Seals......

Another day.......Another Step forward. The change is happening fast and furious.
"Why shouldn't anybody who can meet these (standards) be accepted? And the answer is, there is no reason," Adm. Jon Greenert told the publication. "So we're on a track to say, 'Hey look, anybody who can meet the gender non-specific standards, then you can become a SEAL.'"
If women can pass the unit's demanding training requirements, Greenert said, they will be allowed into the elite force.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Women Army Rangers.....The First Time Ever......

Good job........Another step forward. 

To earn the Ranger tab, applicants must be able to complete 49 push-ups, 59 sit-ups, a five-mile run in 40 minutes, six chin-ups, a swimming test, a land navigation test, a 12-mile foot march in three hours, several obstacle courses, four days of military mountaineering, three parachute jumps, four air assaults on helicopters, multiple rubber boat movements and 27 days of mock combat patrols. 

Ben Carsen is Anti Abortion.....Not Really....

Ben Carsen….A Republican running for President.
As a Republican Ben is against abortion. According to Ben abortion is killing a life and Republicans love life. Really they do……That is why Republicans support guns…..Because of their deep seeded love of life.
From the Republican perspective it is your choice to have a gun…….…… but it should not be your choice to have an abortion…..Republicans want to make that decision for you. The decision will be NO!
Ben (pretended) he was appalled that Planned Parenthood donates fetal tissue to be used in medical research. That is an outrage…...
Ben and the Republicans tried really hard to make it look like Planned Parenthood is killing babies and selling their body parts. Then they wanted you to believe Planned Parenthood was getting rich doing this.
Of course nobody (but a couple of fanatical Republicans) believed that was what was really going on. It was a good effort though.
Republicans wish it was true so they could build outrage. It is hard to build outrage when reality isn’t really what the Republicans want reality to be. They tried their best to edit the secret videos but in the end everyone knew it was just the Republicans being Republicans. Disingenuous and Devious…..Just like we have all come to expect.
Now we find out that Dr. Carsen actually did medical research on fetal tissue. What?????? The same fetal tissue he claims to be against he was doing research on. As a private medical professional he had no moral issues at all.
He didn’t storm out of any research rooms because using fetal tissue was against his moral compass.
But as a Republican Nominee it isn’t about what Ben really believes…..It is only about pretending to be a bigger fanatic than the other candidates. The more on the fringe you go the better your chances.
Ben defends himself by saying he didn’t perform the abortion so he has done nothing wrong. That is like taking money from your buddy who robbed a bank and claiming you are not doing anything wrong because you didn't rob the bank.
Either you believe abortion is wrong or you don’t. If you are doing research on Fetal tissue than you are not really against abortion. You think it is fine.
So vote for Ben Carsen…..He is pro-choice after all.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Scott Walkers Welfare For The Milwaukee Bucks.......Coming Right Up.

Scott Walker....Republican Presidential Candidate.   
In Wisconsin his claim to fame was clobbering public Unions.  Scott Walker is the protector of the taxpayers money.   
There is no way...NO WAY public workers are going to get anymore public money as long as Scott Walker is Governor.  After all......Republicans are fiscal conservatives.  To them government spending is a sin.  Government spending will not happen (especially not for scummy government workers) as long as Scott Walker is holding the peoples check book.  There is just no way. 
In other news Scott Walker has agreed to pay $250,000.000.00 to help the BILLIONAIRE owners of the NBAMilwaukee Bucks build a new stadium.  I mean the NBA is barely getting by.  There is no way they could possibly be expected to build their own arena.   
The primary owner of the Milwaukee Bucks is James Dian who struggles with crazy world of Hedge Funds.  His bank account only says he has $2,400,000,000.00 in it.  How is he supposed to come up with 250 million if the taxpayers don't provide the free government welfare?   
Scott Walker could have taken 250 million and helped some homeless people.  Or some unemployed people.  But F*ck them.  Billionaires need that taxpayer money more.   
Republicans are disgusted with the thought of welfare.......That is unless that welfare is going to help the Billionaires.  Then it is full steam ahead. 
Scott Walker for President 2016........Don't forget. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Kraft Killing US Jobs.....

Kraft is also laying off 700 employees. They also need to get rid of hundreds of employees so they too can….you know…… grow. Everyone has the goal to grow. Nobody is actually doing any growing but that is always to goal.
“We need to grow”. Growth is the most important thing so lets get rid of lots of people so we can achieve our goal. Love it!
“Other companies with offices in the Chicago area have laid off more than 7,700 workers since the beginning of the year, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
(All part of Obamas new and improved economy. Obama will tell you all about how he fixed everything….Yet (as he tells you this) his own home state is getting pummeled…….. because the reality is he fixed nothing.)
“On Monday, Kraft Heinz affirmed its commitment to cut costs by $1.5 billion (WOW!) by the end of 2017. As part of its merger, the company said it expected to reduce its existing workforce, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Also Monday, the company reported sales declines (Of course they did) at both its Kraft and Heinz units for the second quarter.
In a letter to Hees on Monday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) urged the company to reconsider the 700 job cuts in Illinois (No chance) and barring that, to offer training and job placement services for displaced workers. (Job training HAHAHAHAHAH…Yeah so workers laid off at Kraft can go work at Mondelez…..Oh wait…..No they can’t)
"This corporate decision creates tremendous social and economic pain for these workers, their families, and the greater Northfield community," Durbin wrote.
Heinz, which is based in Pittsburgh, cut more than 7,000 jobs — about 20 percent of the workforce — in the 18 months after it was acquired in 2013 by Berkshire Hathaway and private-equity firm 3G Capital. (Warren Buffett must be so proud. His company bought Kraft and he is making a fortune by laying off 20% of the company. When he no longer needs to pay those workers that is more money for his bank account. Lord knows if there is anyone who needs even more money it is Warren. That is capitalism at its finest. The best part is nobody ever blames Warren for anything. He is beloved. Beloved because people are stupid.)

Modelez Killing US jobs.......

Modelez the maker of Oreo cookies is laying off 600 American workers and moving production to Mexico.
“The company, she added, was hoping for input from the unions to address the $46 million gap between the cost of operating in Chicago and in Mexico. "We invited the unions to bring forward any input they had and thoughts they had to address that gap," said Guzzinati, adding that the unions' "input did not provide a measurably impactful way to close the gap" between the costs in Chicago and Mexico.”
They should have asked me……I could help them in about 2 seconds.
They want to save 46 million…..No problem.
1) Fire the CEO…..There is 21 million saved. I typed 8 words and saved 21 million. That wasn’t even hard.
2) ) Hire some people. People who have jobs are more likely to buy Oreo cookies.
The reason sales are always down (which they are) is because stupid corporations lay everyone off….all the time. Then they scratch their head and wonder why unemployed people just leave the Oreos the shelf.
If they just call me I could explain why. It is really not that complicated at all.
If these companies laid off the stupid incompetent leadership (instead of the workers) they would reach their savings in no time…..
So the CEO of Mondelez (after presiding over lower sales) was rewarded with a $7,000,000.00 pay increase. That is not her salary mind you….. that is just her raise.
Profit fell 35%
and the CEO was rewarded (for that failure) with an additional 7 million bucks. Nice job!
Did you get a 7 million dollar raise? Do you know anyone who got a 7 million dollar raise. Well obviously you didn’t fail enough. You need to fail more for your company to notice your accomplishments.
Normally when you fail miserably you get fired. But not these geniuses. Lower sales…..fantastic. Take a stack of money with you when you leave. If the money doesn’t exist just lay off a bunch of your workers. Laying off workers is always the cure all for every corporate problem. Whatever is wrong can be solved with layoffs. They also make you feel great.
Enjoy those Oreos……

Monday, August 10, 2015

Coke Paying For Their Own Science.....

Coke is paying for research which concludes the reason you are so fat is not because of their can of colored High Fructose Corn Syrup. No sir! The real reason is because you don’t exercise enough. You are just too freakin lazy.
Sure there are more gym memberships in the United States today than at any time in history. Sure the exercise industry takes in 52 Billion dollars a year…..An all time high. Sure there is a gym located on practically every street corner in American. But the problem is you just aren’t going enough.
Think about it……
How many gyms were in the United Stated during the 1950’s? Not many.
How many people went to the gym in 1950’s? Not many.
How much food was sweetened with High Fructose Corn Syrup in the 1950’s? None!
How many fat people were there in the 1950’s? Not many.
But you are supposed to believe the reason you (and everyone you know) is fat today is because you are just not exercising enough. So there you go.
Go buy a 12 pack of Coke and enjoy. It is like a health food. When you are done drinking your Coke just do some jumping jacks and you will remain thin. 200 Jumping jacks and people won’t even be able to see you because you will be so thin.
Enjoy that Coke!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Donald Trump....There is What He Says.....And What He Does....

Donald Trump said - “I will be the greatest jobs president that God every created,"
Donald Trump said- "I will bring back our jobs from China, Mexico and other places. I will bring back jobs and our money."
Sounds good……Except when you pull back the curtain you see…….
Trump owns companies that have sought to import at least 1,100 foreign workers on temporary visas. Most of the applications were approved.
Nine companies majority-owned by Trump have sought to bring in foreign waitresses, cooks, vineyard workers and other laborers on temporary work-visa programs. (320,000,000 Americans and nobody is qualified to do these jobs for Mr. Trump)
The candidate's foreign talent hunt included applications for an assistant golf-course superintendent, an assistant hotel manager and a banquet manager. (320,000,000 Americans and nobody is qualified to do these jobs for Mr. Trump either)
Trump Model Management and Trump Management Group LLC, have sought visas for nearly 250 foreign fashion models. (320,000,000 Americans and Trump can’t find 250 American Models anywhere. He looked real hard.)
Trump’s presidential campaign and a lawyer for the businessman declined to comment. (Gee I wonder why…. Normally Trump loves to talk)
The H-2B program, which receives little government oversight, is used by companies in sectors ranging from hospitality to forestry to hire foreign workers for temporary jobs. Companies must prove that the jobs are seasonal - and that they tried and failed to hire Americans. (US companies have no problem proving they failed to hire Americans….US companies are experts at failing to hire Americans)
The Trump companies have sought at least 850 H-2B visa workers.
U.S. government watchdogs have criticized the H-2B and H-2A programs over the years for failing to protect foreign and American workers alike.
In 2003, the Labor Department Inspector General said: “Abuses of these programs may result in economic harm to American workers and businesses, exploitation of foreign workers, and security risks associated with aliens who are admitted to this country by fraudulent means.” (Everyone loses…..except the corporations)
This year, the Government Accountability Office published a report saying that workers in the country on H-2A and H-2B visas have experienced abuse, including being charged illegal recruiting fees, substandard housing and low pay.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Pacific Ocean Is Still Dying......

The Pacific Ocean is still dying.   

Your grandkids will not believe you when you tell them the Pacific Ocean used to have living things in it.  They will look at you funny and not have any idea what you are talking about. 

"Sea animals are dying off in massive numbers along the Pacific Coastline from Baja, Mexico all the way to Alaska, and there may be nothing anyone can do about it."  
"man-made and natural causes are killing off bottlenose dolphins, sardines, sea birds, plankton, krill, salmon, sea lions, starfish, and brown pelicans in record numbers."  
"the planet may be forced to do without them, as their absence may be the new normal."  
"industrial and radioactive waste from the Japanese tsunami in 2011 and the dumping of modern chemical and agricultural debris are combining with a monster El Nino to push existing species to the brink of extinction." 

"As the warm water spreads, larger creatures like sea lions are forced to travel further to find food, which means they have to leave their babies behind and that’s resulted in a record number of sea lion pup strandings this year."  
"Sea birds like Cassin’s auklets, who eat the absent plankton, have been reported to be washing up onshore in numbers nearing 100,000; and that’s just what’s been reported this year alone." 
"A mystery disease that turns starfish into goo is being spread by the unnaturally warm water and is being blamed for the deaths of thousands of the creatures." 
"Bottlenose dolphins have also been dying off in recent numbers in an event directly related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill."

"Commercial fisheries, meanwhile, have overfished the sardine population reducing them to 10 percent of their 2006 population."

"The number of salmon returning to spawn in their native rivers and streams has been has reduced by half, and brown pelicans are so traumatized they’ve stopped breeding altogether." 
"New tropical species have started to move into the Pacific and the change in ocean climate may favor them over established species." 

"Our children may not have the same Pacific Ocean we enjoy now."