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Identity theft

[This was making the email rounds, so I thought I'd post it here.] ATTORNEY's ADVICE - NO CHARGE Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday. Maybe we should all take some of his advice! A corporate attorney sen... read more

Job listing

I get these job listing emails (just in case something awesome comes along). This latest one (probably created by ALI (artificial lower intelligence)) said they have "several jobs just for you": Hospice Aide (Los Angeles), Chaplain (Paramus), Registe... read more

An entrepreneur at age 66

It's never too late to reinvent yourself. Take it from Paul Tasner — after working continuously for other people for 40 years, he founded his own start-up at age 66, pairing his idea for a business with his experience and passion. And he's not a... read more

Kroger policy

I think Kroger has a policy of periodically moving everything around in order to stimulate our hunter-gatherer instinct, never knowing which aisle our next meal is in.... read more

Coins

Woo-hoo! I took the old cookie (coin) jar to the tar machine today (11.9% "fee", are you kidding me?!). I came away with $93.54! It rejected a few coins, repeatedly, forcing me to just pocket them. One of those was an elongated penny someone had thro... read more

Flipping off Trump

  I'm working on an arrangement with my employer whereby I flip off Trump's motorcade, get photographed doing it, get fired for it, then have a "go fund me" campaign pay me $100K. Wish me luck!... read more

On the phone with NASA

Got off the phone with @NASA. Had to tell 'em, "Look, I'm not willing to relocate. Stop calling!" OK, so it wasn't actually NASA, I didn't say exactly that, and it wasn't actually a job offer. A recruiter did call about an opportunity there... read more

Strange badge swipe policy

  Strange badge swipe policy at work: required first thing in the AM, after that ANYONE can just walk right in. #monitoring_v_security... read more

Bain Capital helps kill another iconic American company

"Once Toys R Us was taken over, however, the debt [that] Vornado Realty, KKR and Bain used to acquire it was pushed back onto the company, skyrocketing its debt obligations to $7.6 billion." via inthesetimes/article/20600/how-private-e... read more

Another great quote

"The bankers own the Earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create money, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take away from them the power to create money and all the... read more

Spend time instead of money

Great idea! "... around the world, people are using a system of exchange that requires something everyone is, for the most part, given equally, every day: Time." via are-you-tired-banks-credit-cards-and-debt-consider-system-trading-time-i... read more

New suit for homeless man = new job

Great story! See ksl/?sid=42989915&nid=148 "It was about as low as you can get, but Smith decided to at least make it to the new year. When he went on ksl to look for jobs, he saw a story KSL did on a Utah company giving suits to homele... read more

Local pick up

Just ordered a $10 item on eBay. They offered "Local pick up in Las Vegas, Nevada" versus delivering it. I live in Nashville. I need to decide if it's worth driving out there. Suggestions?... read more

Another headhunter email

I know they're just doing their jobs, but headhunters (job recruiters) can be some of the most dehumanizing people I've ever had to deal with. Because of that, I like to have a little fun at their expense whenever possible. Here's a recent email exch... read more

Alternatives to Amazon and Etsy

If you're looking for an alternative to Amazon or Etsy, for whatever reason, you might try The Grommet or StorEnvy. I was just reading about them and thought I'd share. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_ass... read more

Job offer

Got the below email today. Probably because they saw that I have several books on Amazon (here, here and here), they read them, thought they sucked, and decided it would be best if I took a warehouse job. I must say, though, I've never seen a sweat-s... read more

Employee's sarcastic resignation note

  Good one! "This employee had simply had enough so they decided to tell their boss how it really is before they walked out the door." via Employee's Sarcastic Resignation Note Tells It Like It Is ... read more

Latest scams

NOT ALL THIEVES ARE STUPID (from somewhere on the Internet) 1. LONG-TERM PARKING: Some people left their car in the long-term parking at San Jose while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car's registration in the glove... read more

One-fifth of U.S. workers were laid off in past five years

"Nearly 40% said it took more than seven months to find employment and about one in five of laid-off workers said all they could find was a temporary position." via latimes/business/la-fi-layoffs-unemployment-jobs-economy-20140924-stor... read more

Working for someone else

  Something I've always hated about working for someone else is that you're expected to believe (or convincingly pretend, in the corporate setting, anyway) that the people in positions above you are in fact superior to you. It's just one more thing to ... read more

Staying healthy on the job

  Good article on staying healthy on the job, plus just plain staying at that job. "... you can't smoke cigarettes fast enough to match the damage that today's workplace is doing to you. And not just you, but everyone from the newest hire to your... read more

Switzerland shows US how to handle CEOs

Switzerland Shows US How to Handle CEOs. Here in the United States, had the minimum wage kept pace with productivity since the 1960s it would now be $21.72 an hour, or $3,722 a month. See also ... the_minimum_wage_popular_with_the_public_but_not... read more

How Amazon works staff 'to the bone'

Walk 11 miles a shift and pick up an order every 33 seconds... how Amazon works staff 'to the bone' "Internet giant Amazon works its warehouse staff 'to the bone' in long and relentless shifts, a former employee claimed yesterday."... read more

Don't fall for the 90# telephone scam

I'd never fall for this (I hope) because our only "wired" number is through the Internet, not AT&T or any major provider.Here's a link to the FCC's page: fcc.gov/guides/90-telephone-scam. "I received a telephone call last evening from an in... read more

Corporate welfare vs. social welfare spending

via Corporate Welfare Vs. Social Welfare Spending ... It's Not Just A $40 Billion Gap. "Market subsidies, market protections, market interventions, regulatory favors, favorable legislation, legal protections, ex-post facto reclassification's, g... read more

America's re-shoring of jobs is accelerating

Good! via America's Re-shoring of Jobs Is Accelerating. "Over the past couple of years, we've projected an improvement in U.S. manufacturing competitiveness by 2015 that would help drive an American manufacturing revival. The results of our la... read more

45 percent of American jobs will be done by computers in 20 years

  And then the "third stage" (my words, not theirs) will be when people realize how irritating and stupid these computers are. Consumers, otherwise known as "people," will stop using services that are overly-computerized, and bosses everywhere will be ... read more

Free lunch ... or is it?

   I've been chosen (with 5-6 others) to "Have Lunch With ****!" (one of the VP's at work) tomorrow. I've been instructed to "come prepared to discuss real issues and solutions" regarding my job. Not looking forward to it. At least it's a free lunch .... read more

Minimum wage adjusted for inflation

I don't agree that this is a valid calculation.But, for what it's worth, my brother sent this out recently. 50 years ago the minimum wage was 1.25 (1963).See dol.gov/whd/minwage/chart.pdf. A 1963 dime (90% silver) is now worth 1.9 19 x 1.25 = $2... read more

Feds give laid-off Boeing workers a helping hand

The Labor Department ruling also means that if laid-off Boeing workers need to travel, say to California, for a job interview, the government will reimburse 90 percent of the costs. via Feds give laid-off Boeing workers a big helping hand | Bus... read more

The 1% and what do they do for a living

  from Who are the 1%, and what do they do for a living? "A lot of emphasis is on the "99%" versus the "1%" in these protests. But who are the 1% and what do they do for a living? Are they all Wilt Chamberlains and Oprahs and other people taking ... read more

The jobs number is b.s. says former head of BLS

The Jobs Number Is BS Says Former Head Of BLS. "After every non-farm payroll report we provide our own breakdown of what the real unemployment rate is in a country in which the labor force participation rate has not been adjusted to normalize f... read more

Food for thought

via dreamslaughter: Food For Thought. "The corporation is a true Frankenstein's monster, an artificial person run amok, responsible only to its own soulless self. — William Dugger" ... read more

Support corporate criminals or social justice

via Support corporate criminals or social justice? | Intrepid Report. "During Clinton's presidency 45% of all income gains went to the top 1%.During Bush's presidency 65% of all income gains went to the top 1%.During Obama'... read more

Think tank community that's doing its best to control the world

"The corporate-policy network is highly centralized, at both the level of individuals and that of organizations. Its inner circle is a tightly interwoven ensemble of politically active business leaders; its organizational core includes the Trila... read more

First day of school, I mean, work

  Feels like the first day back at school after summer vacation, except in this case it's not even summer yet and I'll be starting a new job, not school, today. I hope it lasts longer than the last few jobs! I have had a string of incredible ba... read more

A week of testing

  Took a test yesterday. Hope I passed! New job depends on it! Hope I did better than the previous day's job-related test. That one was on Windows 7 and 2008 techie stuff, and I just haven't kept up with Win 7, not as a tech, especially in regard to it... read more

Micro gigs

  Interesting article on "micro gigs" via welcome-to-the-micro-gig-no-job-is-too-small "A crush of apps allowing us to do discrete tasks for small sums of money might be the future. But the atomization of paid labor leaves workers vulnerable.&qu... read more

Depressing but true

  "The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return." — Gore Vidal"... read more

In honor of labor day

  Great article here via informationclearinghouse.info "What does Labor Day mean anymore other than another day off, another store sale and, in some cities, parades ever smaller and more devoid of passion for elevating the well-being of working... read more

Lobbyist poses as mechanic in Super Bowl ad, YouTube

Lobbyist poses as mechanic in Super Bowl ad - YouTube.... read more

Immelt moving jobs and economic infrastructure to China

GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt, The Head Of Obama's Jobs Council, Is Moving Jobs And Economic Infrastructure To China At A Blistering Pace.The hypocrisy would be laughable if not such a serious problem. ... read more

Happy May Day

from Liberty Underground (without permission) ... "Today, May Day, honors the workers who produce all of the wealth. It is in honor of those involved in a general strike in Chicago, killed by police in what is known all over the world by worker... read more

Economic inequality is not sustainable

via Economic Inequality Is Not Sustainable "A Top Heavy 1 Percent Will Topple Without a Stable Middle Class."Focusing exclusively on deficit reduction is the wrong policy. Focusing solely on cutting spending is the wrong policy. Focusing on job... read more

These two phrases on your resume are why it just hit the trash can

They might be right about this.Worth a shot. These Two Phrases on Your Resume Are Why It Just Hit the Trash Can. "Does your resume read like a job description? Is it one long list of bullets that contain the phrases duties included or responsi... read more

Verizon to lay off 1,700 workers after paying CEO $22 million

Yes, large corporations really are that stupid/short-sighted/corrupt. via Verizon To Lay Off 1,700 Workers After Paying CEO $22 Million Last Year "America's largest wireless service provider plans to cut 1,700 jobs by offering its technicians ... read more

Layoffs are for lazy corporate overseers

  via Why layoffs are for lazy corporate overseers - Fortune Management."Layoffs are often a sign of failure by top executives to properly manage a business and forecast needs.The corporate movement away from job security coincided with the advent... read more

Why faking enthusiasm is the latest job requirement

I hate when companies do this. Create a better environment for your employees, don't require them to be a pack of phonies! via Why Faking Enthusiasm Is The Latest Job Requirement. "... seeming to love the job becomes part of the job" ... read more

Employee engagement, why it's important

  "It doesn't matter if managers are introverted or extroverted, timid or bold, loud or quiet, as long as they are making people feel like they are growing, appreciated, and confident in their future at the company ..." via Employee Enga... read more

Three ways to put America back to work

  Great article here: Three-Ways-to-Put-America "In theory The Great Recession is history, but for those of us who live and work on Real Street the carnage and horror continues. On Real Street, outside the gated communities where 1% of the people... read more

Screw economies of scale!

  Screw "economies of scale!" As I've said before, this country needs a new (or maybe just an enforced) Sherman Antitrust Act that will limit the size, influence and control of any one corporation. More companies mean more jobs, and most importantly... read more

Whirlpool threatens pensions

via Whirlpool threatens pensions "Unfortunately, we've just had another open theft of retired worker's benefits, this time Whirlpool management stealing the health care coverage of retired former Hoover workers and their families. Once again, w... read more

Feds rule Boeing can't move plant to avoid union

Federal Agency Rules Boeing Cant Move Plant to Avoid Union. The amazing thing about this is that we see a government agency actually doing its job!... read more

The 10 most hated companies in America

from The 10 Most Hated Companies in America — 24/7 Wall St.. "1. Facebook" ... read more

U.S. corporate profits vs. employee wages

"In Japan the ratio of pay for a CEO compared to that of the average worker is approx. 11 to 1. In Germany that ratio expands to a dizzying 12 to 1. And in the United States it's 475 to 1." via CHART - U.S. Corporate Profits Vs. Employee W... read more

Usurpation and the corporation as crime

from Richard Grossman on Usurpation and the Corporation as Crime "Richard Grossman says that Occupy Wall Street activists need to go beyond greed and corruption and focus on usurpation.As in - illegal seizure of power.As in - the corporation ha... read more

Job hunting

Can't companies at least send a denial letter/email? It's rude to leave us twisting in the wind.... read more

Freelancers union, a federation of the unaffiliated

  Looks like a good idea. Freelancers Union.A Federation of the Unaffiliated. "350,000 FREELANCERS JOINED TOGETHER FOR A PURPOSE. INDEPENDENTS. UNITED. INDEPENDENTS. UNITED."... read more

Note to recruiters

  I almost posted this to LinkedIn, but thought better of it since hiring managers and headhunters generally have absolutely no sense of humor regarding "the hiring process." If they would admit (at least to themselves) that they have no idea what the... read more

For all bosses who dislike directness

For all bosses who dislike directness and are afraid of offending anyone... via positive leaders love productivity "Simon Sinek @simonsinek says, "Bad leaders may edit the truth for fear of causing discomfort. Good leaders accept that the trut... read more

The minimum wage, popular with the public, but not the donor class

from The Minimum Wage: Popular With the Public, But Not the Donor Class. "One of the best proposals to come out of the State of the Union was the President's proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour, phased in over three years, and tie ... read more

Romney's Bain Capital is sending many jobs to China

Romney's Bain Capital Is Sending Many Jobs to China the Day Before the Election. "On the day before an election that's supposed to hinge on jobs, taxes and the middle class, Bain Capital, the company Mitt Romney founded, will close the doors of... read more

Wisconsin judge reinstates collective bargaining for state employees

Wisconsin judge reinstates collective bargaining for state employees "The union-busting law that pushed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker into the national spotlight last year has been declared unconstitutional by a state judge, pushing the contr... read more

Good news for bad references

enewsletters.biospace/rhw/newsletter/good-news-for-bad-references.htm?type=email&source=js-07-19-10 "Picture this scenario: you've been seeking new employment at a company, but without success. Your employment credentials are excellent ... read more

Selfish CEOs

CEOs who lay off the most people rake in the profits via Hidden Corporate Scandal: CEOs Who Laid Off the Most Workers Rake in the Most Treasure "CEOs in one company after another are throwing workers onto the unemployment rolls and dodging tax... read more

Customers flee Walmart empty shelves for Target, Costco

Those who say raising the minimum wage will bankrupt companies are just plain wrong. Here's the proof. Treat (and pay) your people well, and they'll be great employees. Treat them like crap and, surprise surprise, they'll be crappy employees. What a ... read more

5 ways your boss is killing your company culture

I agree.And a big reason for this, I believe, is that hiring managers hire based on likability, enthusiasm, and an applicant's degree (no matter what that degree is in) rather than on experience and intelligence.So, the people who end up running thin... read more

The case for a 25 hour work week

via The Case for a 25-Hour Work Week This Is Not a Joke | Inc. "Whatever you may think of this theory, there are certainly many who think (including Sheryl Sandberg) the status quo the 40/50 hour work week is not only detrimental to on... read more

Closing my BofA account

Hallelujah! We have paid off our BofA credit card! It was bad enough when it was owned by the original company. But when I saw that Bank of America had bought that company and was now administering my account, I knew it was time to pay that thing off... read more

Walmart, 50 years of gutting America's middle class

This (below) is why we hate Walmart.Too many people don't understand this.They just want "low prices" no matter the overall, long-run cost. from Walmart: 50 Years of Gutting America's Middle Class "Walmart's explosive growth has gutted tw... read more

IBM's internal plan, fire most us employees

  via IBM's Internal Plan to Grow Earnings-Per-Share to $20 by 2015: Fire Most U.S. Employees. "The primary method for accomplishing this feat, according to the plan, will be by reducing US employee head count by 78 percent in that time frame... read more

Merrill Lynch IRA finally transfers!

Hallelujuah! I've been trying since late October to transfer my IRA away from the "too big to fail" Merrill Lynch, owned by the about-to-fail Bank of America. Any company that's "too big to fail" probably will. That, or they'll just keep ... read more

Baum law firm to close

Baum law firm to close - Business First. This is one company that got what it deserved after mocking homeless/foreclosed families.... read more

Paying off a credit card

That's a nice headline, and it felt good doing it today.  Granted, the bulk of the balance was simply transferred to another credit card.  But still …  :)  I also closed out the checking account associated with the card, ... read more

A visit to Walmart

I hate Walmart.  It's a company run by slimy executives, and its stores are frequented by the lowest class of people.  I always feel the need for a shower afterward.  But, this morning it made more sense to go there because they we... read more

Saving the rich, losing the economy

from saving-the-rich-losing-the-economy "US politicians, such as Buddy Roemer, blame the collapse of US manufacturing on Chinese competition and "unfair trade practices." However, it is US corporations that move their factories abroad, thus rep... read more

Boycott verizon if at all possible

  They're forcing pay cuts for the people who do the actual work there while their executives get millions in bonuses. "Last year Verizon made $12 billion in profits, got $1 billion in government subsidies and paid zippo, zero in taxes. But inste... read more

Greed is not a virtue

Great article. via Greed is Not a Virtue, by David Korten — Agenda for a New Economy. "By capitalism's perverse moral logic, if a person sells toxic assets by knowingly misrepresenting them as sound, the fault lies not with the misreprese... read more

New job starts today

I hope I like it. UPDATE (2 years later):I didn't. See First day of school I mean work... read more

New job starting next week

  I'm starting a new job next week, so I ran a test of how long it would take to get there after dropping Elizabeth off at school. It was 7:42 when they started letting the kids inside, allowing me to leave. I could do like a lot of parents and jus... read more

Check out a company before applying there

GlassDoor "Search company reviews and ratings"... read more

Customer satisfaction surveys

When given one of those customer satisfaction surveys, always try and give a glowing report about the individual who helped you (unless they were terrible, of course) because those surveys are just another tool for corporations to harass their alread... read more

Made in America ... no longer

"American as apple pie" items that are no longer made here: 19-iconic-products-that-america-doesnt-make-anymore... read more

Girl quits job

This is an instant classic. via girl-quits-her-job-on-dry-erase-board-emails-entire-office-33-photos/... read more

Great Depression II

  I guess they didn't call it The Great Depression during that depression, did they? We shouldn't be surprised they're not honestly calling this one Great Depression II. Or, in current parlance, maybe, "G-Dep-2." It's "only" The Great Recession. As if... read more

How companies should cut back

When faced with too many expenses and not enough income and you have run out of expenses to reduce, rather than firing employees, the fair and socially-responsible way to cut costs is NOT to fire employees who had nothing to do with those costs getti... read more

Old age discrimination suit vs. Google

"The California Supreme Court unanimously agreed that a trial court erred in dismissing a complaint by Brian Reid, who was hired in 2002 as a director of operations and engineering, and fired less than two years later at age 54 after being told ... read more

Another reason not to shop at Walmart

If you buy underwear at Walmart, they will be able to track wherever you go. If their sales are not hurt by this announcement, they will institute it in more products, probably eventually all products. According to CNBC, these tags are not removable,... read more

Buy American

localmakers/ The above link no longer points to where it used to. Someone in Holland, ironically, has apparently purchased that domain name. I would have removed this post, but the irony made it worth keeping it here. amzn_assoc_placement = "a... read more

Like a cancer

  A business plan requiring constant expansion is, almost by definition, a cancer, and equally unhealthy.... read more

The job market

  When I applied and scheduled an interview for a job at the "financial arm" of the Methodist Church, I knew I was not a right fit for them. After all, I'm not only not Methodist, I'm not even a Christian.When the HR manager called a couple days later ... read more

Another interview

  I went to another job interview yesterday. It was downtown Nashville in the once trendy Cummins Station building. I've had a few consulting clients there over the years. The company interviewing me shall remain nameless. Coincidentally, a few hou... read more

Letter to a former co-worker

  I'm glad you and Cathy are doing well. Our daughter Elizabeth is doing well, too. She spent last night with a cousin north of town so she can attend that little girl's birthday party today. Elizabeth's own birthday party was last month. I'm "sort of... read more

How to rob a bank

The answer is: Own one.Relax, law enforcement people, it's not a real how-to.Part two is here. ... read more

Selling insurance

I got a call today about a job with American Income. They said they found my résumé on Careerbuilder. When I get emails like that, I instantly recognize them and mark them as spam and block them from sending any more. But getting a phone ca... read more

Waiting

I went to a pre-employment drug screening this morning. Last week, I had interviewed for an IT instructor position. Had to give a mock class, and everything. I chose the subject of "securing your home wireless network." It was fun. Anyway, no, I have... read more

Gender unknown

First time I've ever seen this. Filling out an online job application, the EEOC stuff at the bottom gave me a choice of: Male Female Gender Unknown Decline to Answer I can understand "sexually confused," but "gender unknown?" Really?... read more

Happy groundhog's day!

It's been almost five months now since I was laid off. It doesn't seem that long, actually. What've I been doing since then? Collecting unemployment checks and doing freelance consulting, helping people with their computer problems and qu... read more

Laid off

It's been almost three weeks now, and I'm finally able to talk/blog about my layoff. After the merger and corporate restructuring at work, it was finally my turn to have my "position eliminated." I instinctively felt it coming. In fact, I couldn't sl... read more

Doug sells power tools!

dholmes/hilti-website.htm "Used & New Hilti Tools and Accessories Hilti professional demolition / concrete tools SHIPPING WORLDWIDE"... read more

Amazing

via wanttoknow.info "The richest two percent of the world's population owns more than half of the world's household wealth. Although you may believe you've heard this statistic before, you haven't: For the first time, personal wealth, not incom... read more

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