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Why We Have Usury

( life / money / economy / history )
Wow. Talk about the good ol' days. OK, it wasn't all good, obviously, but, wow."Because of Usury prohibition, there was no Banking. There was an economy based on the understanding that men share the common fate of having to wrest a living from the Earth, and that brotherly love, and not money... read more

OSHA Frequently Asked Questions

( life / money / employment / covid )
Go to osha.gov/coronavirus/faqs You can clearly sue your employer if they require this vaccine and you have an adverse reaction. "If I require my employees to take the Covid-19 vaccine as a condition of their employment, are adverse reactions to the vaccine recordable? If you require you... read more

Death By A Thousand Cuts

( life / money / economy )
Hacked pipeline still causing problems, but now the I-40 bridge over the Mississippi is closed, as well as the Mississippi itself. See Coast Guard close portion of Mississippi-River ... read more

Why Have Lumber Prices Skyrocketed?

( life / money / economy )
Here's a video showing huge quantities of lumber just stacked up and waiting. The current lumber shortage is apparently just another scam to artificially raise the price of wood (and further damage the economy). The first three minutes of the video are probably all you need to see: youtube ... read more

Struggling Fisherman Finds Rare Pearl While Searching For Food, It's Worth $330,000

( life / people / money )
"A struggling fisherman from an impoverished village in Thailand's Nakhon Si Thammarat province made an incredible discovery on the beach. 37-year old Hatchai Niyomdecha happened to be walking along the..." ... read more

Andrew Torba: Time To Build Our Own Economy

( life / money / economy )
"The oligarchs believe they have destroyed American Populism by rigging an election, removing the movement's leader from public view, and by forcing everyone to stay locked inside for a year while the country burns down around us all.They think they have won and want to define 'New Normal' unde... read more

Who Wanted Lockdowns?

( life / money / economy )
"This virus is not Ebola and it has come nowhere near approaching the death rates associated with H1N1 of 1918. By some measures, it's not been as deadly as 1957-58, a virus that came and went without much public attention at all. New pathogens are part of life, and there was and is nothing par... read more

On The Subject Of Mandatory Retirement

( life / money / employment )
In response to my comment, Whatever the mandatory retirement age is these days -- 67? -- it needs to apply to politicians, too."There is no mandatory retirement age, but you legally have to file for retirement on your 70th birthday, which will give you the maximum social security benefit for ... read more

Made In The USA

( life / money / shopping / american )
Spread the word about this awesome website for American Made.And here is the video that launches it: on FacebookI just emailed them to include a couple companies I have recently purchased from that are 100% USA made. This is EXACTLY what we need. Here is one site not yet listed there: harvestandmi ... read more

100 Small Business Owners Defy Covid Closure Demands

( life / money / shopping )
Good for them! 100 small business owners defy Covid closure demands"We know Covid-19 is serious, and we've been the first ones to help. But we also now know Covid-19 is not a death sentence for the majority of people who get it, whereas this order is for many Loveland business... read more

Professor Brandon Garrett On Corporate Criminal Immigration Prosecutions

( life / money / employment )
"Immigration laws are criminally enforced not just against individuals, but also against corporations. For individuals, federal immigration prosecutions are a mass phenomenon. More than a third of the federal criminal docket nearly 40,000 cases each year..."Go to corporatecrimereporter.c... read more

Employees Surprise Hardworking 13-Year-Old With New Lawnmower

( life / money / employment )
"A Lowe's Home Improvement store in Tennessee surprised a hardworking 13-year-old with a brand new lawnmower after his mower broke down." at sunnyskyz.com ... read more

Company Providing $100 Million In Bonuses To Employees During "Pandemic"

( life / money / covid )
Go to sunnyskyz.com/good-news/3896/Loweand-039-s-Is-Providing-100-Million-In-Bonuses-To-Employees-During-"Pandemic" "We now have hundreds of thousands of so-called 'cases', 'infections' and 'positive tests' but hardly any sick people. Recall that four fifths (80%) of... read more

Jon Ashley On The Corporate Prosecution Registry

( life / money / employment / crime )
Go to jon-ashley-on-the-corporate-prosecution-registry/The Justice Department regularly announces corporate crime settlements with deferred and non prosecution agreements.  Sometimes they make the agreements public, sometimes they dont. And over the years, corporate crime defense attorneys hav ... read more

Another Day In Paradise, Day 2751

( life / money / employment )
Sitting here looking at James (not his real name) to my right. My workday would be sooooo much better if I could ignore him, but, being in the cubicle across the aisle, I can't. For those new to this space, James is an idiot. Literally. Okay, idiot/savant might be more accurate. He is wicked smart... read more

Disney Heiress Nails It

( life / money / employment )
We could not agree more. See Disney heiress calls CEO Bob Iger's $65 million pay package 'insane.'"When Iger got his bonus last year, I did the math, and I figured out that he could have given personally, out of pocket, a 15% raise to everyone who worked at Disneyland, and still walked away... read more

Job Listing

( life / money / employment )
I get these job listing emails (just in case something awesome comes along). This latest one (probably created by AI (artificial/lower intelligence)) said they have several jobs just for you: Hospice Aide (Los Angeles), Chaplain (Paramus), Registered Nurse Case Manager (Peru). Peru? As in South Am... read more

ET Tu, Corporate America?

( life / money / employment )
Even corporate America is blocking Alex Jones / InfoWars these days. Trying to read an article online during my lunch break, I get the following censorship notice: Block Reason: Content Filtering. Category: questionablePathetic, but at least they stopped blocking DrudgeReport. Although, now that D ... read more

An Entrepreneur At Age 66

( life / money / employment )
"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 alone. As he shares in this short, funny and inspi... read more

Kroger Policy

( life / money / shopping )
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

( life / money )
Woo-hoo! I took the old cookie (coin) jar to the Coinstar 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 thrown in the jar (I'm guessing Elizabeth). Anoth... read more

On The Phone With NASA

( life / money / employment / humor )
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, though. I'm not a COMPLETE liar.... read more

Strange Badge Swipe Policy

( life / money / employment )
There's a 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

( life / money / employment )
"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." inthesetimes.com/article/20600/how-private-equity-killed-toys-r-us ... read more

Cash Back

( life / money / shopping )
Don't you hate it when you tell the self-checkout register that you want cash back. Then by the time you're finished, because the $!?&@ machine has screwed up so many times, you've become distracted and forgotten all about the cash? Yep, if you want to get rich just follow behind me whenever I go to... read more

New Suit For Homeless Man = New Job

( life / money / employment )
Great story! See ksl.com"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.com to look for jobs, he saw a story KSL did on a Utah company giving suits to homeless people to help them feel confident during job interviews."... read more

Another Headhunter Email

( life / money / employment )
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 exchange:Headhunter: I had emailed you in the past abo... read more

Job Offer

( life / money / employment )
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-shop (a.k.a. warehouse) job look so good."Dear... read more

Employee's Sarcastic Resignation Note

( life / money / employment )
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." Employee's Sarcastic Resignation Note Tells It Like It Is ... read more

One Fifth Of US Workers Were Laid Off In Past Five Years

( life / money / employment )
One-fifth of US 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." latimes.com/business/la-fi-layoffs-unemployment-jobs-ec ... read more

Working For Someone Else

( life / money / employment )
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 gnaw at me during my time there. That expectation ... read more

Subsidizing The Corporate One Percent

( life / money / employment )
Go to Subsidizing the Corporate One Percent Good Jobs First.Apparently, those bastions of capitalism are in fact socialists, at least when it works for them. ... read more

Switzerland Shows Us How To Handle CEOs

( life / money / employment )
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-notminimum-wage-adjusted-for-inflationcustomers-flee-walmart- ... read more

How Amazon Works Staff 'to The Bone'

( life / money / employment )
Walk 11 miles a shift and pick up an order every 33 seconds... how Amazon works staff 'to the bone'"Adam Littler, 23, told of the 'unbelievable' pressure of working for the retailerAmazon staff have previously claimed they are tracked around huge warehouses via GPS - but the firm denies thisPre... read more

Food Stamp Corporate Welfare

( life / money / employment )
Millions of Americans are angry because food stamp recipients can use their benefits to buy junk food but don't realize that they are able to do so because corporate America wouldn't have it any other way.Coca Cola, Kroger, Walmart, Kelloggs and other corporations have all lobbied the United States ... read more

Corporate Welfare Vs. Social Welfare Spending

( life / money / employment )
Go to 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, government spending (Keynesian), artificially low ... read more

America's Re-Shoring Of Jobs Is Accelerating

( life / money / employment )
Good! 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 latest survey make clear that a profound ... read more

Free Lunch, Or Is It?

( life / money / employment )
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 ... but is it really? The price is I have to Have Lu ... read more

Minimum Wage Adjusted For Inflation

( life / money / employment )
I don't agree with this calculation, but, for what it's worth, my brother sent this out recently. So, in case I'm wrong and he's right, which almost never happens...50 years ago (1963) the minimum wage was 1.25. See dol.gov/whd/minwage/chart.pdf.A 1963 dime (90% silver) is now worth $1.9019 x 1.2... read more

The 1% And What Do They Do For A Living

( life / money / employment )
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 part in the dynamism of the new economy? Nope. It's ... read more

The Jobs Number Is B.S. Says Former Head Of Bls

( life / money / employment / politics )
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 for the Second Great Depression. In the most recent s... read more

Think Tank Community Doing Its Best To Control The World

( life / money / economy / conspiracies )
"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 Trilateral Commission, the Bilderberg Conference, the E... read more

First Day Of School, I Mean, Work

( life / money / employment )
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 bad luck over the past decade through no fault of my own, I ... read more

A Week Of Testing

( life / money / employment )
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 its various corporate scenarios. The test only serve ... read more

Depressing But True

( life / money / employment )
"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

( life / money / employment / holidays )
Great article here 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 people?" ... read more

Economic Inequality Is Not Sustainable

( life / money / employment )
Go to 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 jobs is the right policy now and in the future." ... read more

Immelt Moving Jobs And Economic Infrastructure To China

( life / money / employment )
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

These Two Phrases On Your Resume Are Why It Just Hit The Trash Can

( life / money / employment )
They might be right about this. Worth a shot."Does your resume read like a job description? Is it one long list of bullets that contain the phrases duties included or responsible for? Sought-after candidates (the ones whose phones are ringing off the hook for interviews while you're struggling... read more

Verizon To Lay Off 1

( life / money / employment )
Yes, large corporations really are that stupid, short-sighted and corrupt. If this CEO had any decency (yeah, right), he would have said, No, give me one million and split the rest with those 1700 laid-off workers. It would have come out to roughly $12,000 per employee. Verizon... read more

Why Faking Enthusiasm Is The Latest Job Requirement

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

Girl Quits Job

( life / money / employment )
This is an instant classic. girl-quits-her-job-on-dry-erase-board-emails-entire-office-33-photos/ ... read more

Employee Engagement, Why It's Important

( life / money / employment )
"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 ..." Employee Engagement: Why Its Important Inc.com. ... read more

Three Ways To Put America Back To Work

( life / money / economy )
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 own 90% of everything, we are now at 99 weeks and c ... read more

Screw Economies Of Scale

( life / money / economy )
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. Having more companies means more jobs and, most importantly, more competition. Even the "elites" (at least pretend to) agr ... read more

Whirlpool Threatens Pensions

( life / money / employment )
"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, we see Carpetbag managers brought in from outside our community, Whirlpool, which t ... read more

US Corporate Profits Vs Employee Wages

( life / money / employment )
"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." CHART - U.S. Corporate Profits Vs. Employee Wages - Home.... read more

Job Hunting

( life / money / employment )
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

( life / money / employment )
Freelancers union, a federation of the unaffiliatedLooks 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

For All Bosses Who Dislike Directness

( life / money / employment )
...and are afraid of offending anyone... positive leaders love productivity"Simon Sinek @simonsinek says, Bad leaders may edit the truth for fear of causing discomfort. Good leaders accept that the truth is often uncomfortable."... read more

Note To Recruiters

( life / money / employment / interviews )
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 they're doing, it might help. :) Anyway, here it is: ... read more

The Minimum Wage Popular With The Public But Not The Donor Class

( life / money / employment )
The minimum wage, popular with the public, but not the donor classfrom 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 y ... read more

Micro Gigs

( life / money / employment )
Interesting article on micro gigs 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." ... read more

Romney's Bain Capital Sending Many Jobs To China

( life / money / employment )
Go to 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 a factory in Freeport, Illinois, and ship 17... read more

Wisconsin Judge Reinstates Collective Bargaining For State Employees

( life / money / employment )
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 controversy over the law one step closer to a Supreme Cou... read more

Good News For Bad References

( life / money / employment )
enewsletters.biospace.com/rhw/newsletter/good-news-for-bad-references.htm?typeemail&sourcejs-07-19-10"Picture this scenario: you've been seeking new employment at a company, but without success. Your employment credentials are excellent and while you've been able to land the interviews - some... read more

Selfish CEOs

( life / money / employment )
CEOs who lay off the most people rake in the profits... read more

5 Ways Your Boss Is Killing Your Company Culture

( life / money / employment )
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 things often have no real idea what they're doing, bu... read more

Layoffs Are For Lazy Corporate Overseers

( life / money / employment )
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 of big executive bonuses and the rise of global competition ... read more

The Case For A 25 Hour Work Week

( life / money / employment )
Go to The Case for a 25-Hour Work Week This Is Not a Joke Inc.com."Whatever you may think of this theory, there are certainly many who think (including Sheryl Sandberg) the status quo 40/50 ... ... read more

Strike Debt Debt Resistance For The 99%

( life / money )
Another great idea! Strike Debt! Debt Resistance for the 99%."Strike Debt is a nationwide movement of debt resisters fighting for economic justice and democratic freedom."... read more

The Virtual Recovery

( life / money / economy )
"... the low 2011 real median household income is the summation, in most cases, of two household earners, whereas in 1967-68 one earner could produce the same real income.... when both husband and wife have to work in order to maintain the same purchasing power, household income from the wife's ... read more

Closing My BofA Account

( life / money )
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 ASAP! I just filled out their online satisfactio ... read more

Quantitative Easing Explained

( life / money / economy )
dailybail.com/home/absolute-genius-make-this-go-viral-quantitative-easing-expla.html"The truth about quantitative easing. I just watched this again and laughed my a$$ off. Now with a ridiculous 5.2 million views on YouTube." ... read more

Walmart, 50 Years Of Gutting America's Middle Class

( life / money / economy )
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. Walmart: 50 Years of Gutting America's Middle Class"Walmart's explosive growth has gutted two key pillars of the American middle c... read more

Employment

( life / money / employment )
Employment-related stuff, belowNon-profit job listingsTap RootCatch AfireIdealistBridge SpanCommon GoodPhilanthropy News DigestPhilanthropy.com... read more

IBM's Internal Plan, Fire Most U.S. Employees

( life / money / employment )
Go to 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

( life / money )
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 my money and not let me have access to it until they're solven... read more

The 1930s Chicago Plan Vs The American Monetary Act

( life / money / economy )
"If the purpose of money and credit were to discourage the exchange of goods and services, to destroy periodically the wealth produced, to frustrate and trip those who save, our present monetary system does that most effectively!" The 1930s Chicago Plan Vs The American Mo ... read more

The 10 Most Hated Companies In America

( life / money / employment )
from The 10 Most Hated Companies in America - 24/7 Wall St.."1. Facebook"... read more

Baum Law Firm To Close

( life / money / employment )
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

( life / money )
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, making sure to close the checking account first. My fear was that if I paid... read more

A Visit To Walmart

( life / money / shopping )
I hate Walmart. It's a company run by slimy executives who don't care about the mom-and-pop businesses they destroy, 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 were the c... read more

Usurpation And The Corporation As Crime

( life / money / employment / crime )
Richard Grossman on Usurpation and the Corporation as Crime.UPDATE: "If people want to go into business, fine," Grossman said. "But this law would strip away 500 years of Constitutional protections and privileges. No more limited liability for shareholders. No more perpetual life. No ... read more

Saving The Rich, Losing The Economy

( life / money / employment )
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 replacing domestic production with imports. Half of US ... read more

Boycott Verizon If At All Possible

( life / money / employment )
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 instead of sharing this windfall with the working people ... read more

Why Borrow When You Can Print Your Own Money?

( life / money / politics )
Why is the US Government borrowing money at interest from a private bank (the Fed) when Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution allows the US Government to create its own money, interest-free?... read more

CEO Salaries

( life / money / employment )
Just warms your heart, doesn't it? Not. NY Times"It turns out that the good times are even better than we thought for American chief executives."... read more

Battling The Corporate "Elite"

( life / money / employment )
... one major role of the US government in the corporatocracy is to serve as a scapegoat to deflect rebellion against the corporate elite. Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite Books AlterNet.Great article (actually an exce ... read more

Florida Cuts Unemployment Benefits To Pay For Corporate Tax Cut

( life / money / employment )
I used to work for this jackass years ago when he was CEO of Columbia/HCA.He was an out-of-touch elitist primadonna back then, and hasn't changed much, only now has less hair."In the last few months, conservatives in several states have moved to limit unemployment benefits, even with the nation ... read more

New Job Starts Today

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

Corporatist America

( life / money / employment )
Go to Chris Hedges: Corporatist America"A battle over the budget is closing our schools, our libraries, firing our teachers and taking away collective bargaining rights. While the banks and largest corporations are also not paying any taxes, including Bank of America, Exon Mobil, and GE." ... read more

New Job Starting Next Week

( life / money / employment )
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 just drop her off and take off, but I like to make sure s ... read more

Check Out A Company Before Applying There

( life / money / employment )
GlassDoor"Search company reviews and ratings"... read more

US Foreclosures In New Legal Trouble

( life / money )
And remember those politicians who are in the banks' back pocket (hint: it's most of them)."Backing a lower court ruling made in 2009, it said two foreclosure sales were invalid because the banks did not prove that they owned them at the time."Go to US foreclosures in new legal trouble.... read more

Made In America No Longer

( life / money / economy )
American as apple pie items that are no longer made here:19-iconic-products-that-america-doesnt-make-anymore ... read more

Customer Satisfaction Surveys

( life / money / employment )
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 already under-paid, under-appreciated employees. You don... read more

We Are Ruled By Huge Corporate Monopolies

( life / money / employment )
"We are ruled by huge corporate monopolies that replicate the political and economic power, on a vastly expanded scale, of the old trading companies of the 17th and 18th centuries. Walmart's gross annual revenues of $250 billion are greater than those of most small nation-states. The political ... read more

Old Age Discrimination Suit Vs Google

( life / money / employment )
"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 he was not a good cultural fit."ReutersOld a... read more

Diary, 7/25/2010

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Just got back from an all day shopping excursion. I don't know how Tara does it every week. I told her that was harder work than going to the office all day. She said, So, you appreciate me more now? Of course, I said yes.First we went to Tara's Kroger, the one almost in Nolensville city limits,... read more

Another Reason Not To Shop At Walmart

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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, although the article below says they are.reuters. ... read more

Buy American

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localmakers.com/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.... read more

Like A Cancer

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

Its The Jobs, Stupid

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Good article here. Read the quote from the lifelong Republican who was a victim of a mass layoff and now can't find a job. blog.aflcio.org/2010/06/01/its-the-jobs-stupid/ ... read more

The Job Market

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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 to cancel the interview, I had a strong suspicion ... read more

Another Interview

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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 hours before the interview I received a checking in sor ... read more

Beauty Bias At Work

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see duckduckgo.com/?qBeautybiasatwork&iaweb ... read more

Letter To A Former Co-Worker

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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 employed, working for myself doing computer consul ... read more

How Companies Should Cut Back

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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 getting too high. The FIRST target of cost-cutting need ... read more

How To Rob A Bank

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

Selling Insurance

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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 call is apparently more effective on me.I agreed to ... read more

Waiting

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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 haven't been hired ... yet. They require this test bef... read more

Gender Unknown

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First time I've ever seen this. Filling out an online job application, the EEOC stuff at the bottom gave me a choice of: MaleFemaleGender UnknownDecline to AnswerI can understand sexually confused, but gender unknown? Really?... read more

Laid Off

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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 sleep the night before, worrying about it. No one ha ... read more

Food For Thought

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

The Richest Two Percent Of The World's Population Owns More Than Half Of The World's Household Wealth

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I just found this amazing 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 income, has been... read more


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