Article 43

 

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Welcome

Welcome to article43.com - a memorial to the layed off workers of (PRE SBC MERGER) AT&T, and the disappearing MIDDLE CLASS citizens of America.  It is NOT endorsed or affiliated with AT&T or the CWA in any way.

This sticky post was written the day we appeared on the internet in 2004.

Besides INFORMATION, resources and opinion for former AT&T workers DEALING WITH the EFFECTS OF LAYOFF and looking for meaningful employment, a lot of articles here are meant to bring into awareness the LARGER PICTURE of corporate dominance of the UNITED STATES’ political and economic policies which brazenly DISREGARDS, disrespects and EXPLOITS worker, citizen and HUMAN RIGHTS under masks like FREE TRADE and the PATRIOT ACT - resulting in a return to a society of very rich and very poor dominated by a few very rich and powerful - whose voices are anything but - for the people. If left UNCHALLENGED, the self-serving interests of those in control may result in the end of DEMOCRACY, the end of the middle class, irreversible ENVIRONMENTAL damage to the planet, and widespread global poverty brought on by exploitation and supression of the voices of common people EVERYWHERE, while the United States turns into a REINCARNATION of the ROMAN EMPIRE.  Author Thom Hartmann shares some history and outlines some basic steps to return our country to “The People” in his two articles TEN STEPS TO RETURN TO DEMOCRACY and SAVING THE MIDDLE CLASS. I support CERNIG’S idea for a new POLITICAL MOVEMENT - if not a revolution to cleanse our country of the filth ruling it - as we EVOLVE into a GLOBAL community - assuming we learn the THE LESSONS OF OUR TIME and don’t DESTROY CIVILIZATION first.

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Information on the Pension Class Action Lawsuit against AT&T is HERE.  More pension-related articles are HERE.

Links to some Telecom companies’ career pages are HERE.

Click HERE to learn a little about Article 43 and why I loathe the CWA.
Click HERE or HERE to learn what the CWA did when given a chance to do the right thing.
Click HERE for a glimpse of undemocratic and hypocritical CWA practices.
Click HERE for an article on Corporate Unionism.
Click HERE for an article of AFL-CIO’s undemocratic history.

If you’re looking for telco nostalgia, you won’t find it here, except for a little FLASH VIDEO I found on the internet wrapped as execulatable so you can just run it.  Check out the TELECOM ARCHIVE, BELL SYSTEM MEMORIAL, and TELEPHONE TRIBUTE websites instead.

This site can disappear anytime if I run out of money to pay for luxuries like food, health care, or internet service.

Discernment of truth is left to the reader - whose encouraged to seek as much information as possible, from as many different sources as possible - and pass them through his/her own filters - before believing anything.

...the Devil is just one man with a plan, but evil, true evil, is a collaboration of men…
- Fox Mulder, X Files

No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.
- John F. Kennedy

Today my country, your country and the Earth face a corporate holocaust against human and Earthly rights. I call their efforts a holocaust because when giant corporations wield human rights backed by constitutions and the law (and therefore enforced by police, the courts, and armed forces) and sanctioned by cultural norms, the rights of people, other species and the Earth are annihilated.
- Richard L. Grossman

Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
- Albert Einstein

He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust.
- Aquinas

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
- Bishop Desmond Tutu

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King Jr

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
- Benjamin Franklin

If we do not hang together, we will surely hang separately.
- Benjamin Franklin

We must be prepared to make heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war.
- Albert Einstein

Solidarity has always been key to political and economic advance by working families, and it is key to mastering the politics of globalization.
- Thomas Palley

As we head into the next depression (which happens every 10 years or so), fueled by selfish corporate greed, and a corrupt, SOCIOPATHIC, business-loving, US government, MIKE WHITNEY wrote a solution in 2007 that makes a lot of sense to me:

The impending credit crisis cant be avoided, but it could be mitigated by taking radical steps to soften the blow. Emergency changes to the federal tax code could put more money in the hands of maxed-out consumers and keep the economy sputtering along while efforts are made to curtail the ruinous trade deficit. We should eliminate the Social Security tax for any couple making under $60, 000 per year and restore the 1953 tax-brackets for Americans highest earners so that the upper 1%-- who have benefited the most from the years of prosperity---will be required to pay 93% of all earnings above the first $1 million income. At the same time, corporate profits should be taxed at a flat 35%, while capital gains should be locked in at 35%. No loopholes. No exceptions.

Congress should initiate a program of incentives for reopening American factories and provide generous sufbsidies to rebuild US manufacturing. The emphasis should be on reestablishing a competitive market for US exports while developing the new technologies which will address the imminent problems of environmental degradation, global warming, peak oil, overpopulation, resource scarcity, disease and food production. Off-shoring of American jobs should be penalized by tariffs levied against the offending industries.

The oil and natural gas industries should be nationalized with the profits earmarked for vocational training, free college tuition, universal health care and improvements to then nations infrastructure.

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Friday, January 27, 2023

NWO Covid Year 3 Part 6 - Sudden Deaths

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What is killing young healthy Americans?

Edward Dowd, a former Wall Street analyst and BlackRock portfolio manager, examines the epidemic of sudden deaths in America. Throughout his stock picking career, he utilized pattern recognition to get ahead of his peers and the street before his bullish or bearish thesis became consensus. Early in 2021, he NOTICED a rise of news anecdotes about sudden deaths among very fit athletes and other seemingly healthy young people across the country. His question was simple: What changed in 2021?
- “Cause Unknown”: The Epidemic of Sudden Deaths in 2021 and 2022

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Where Did All the Workers Go?

By Bret Swanson
Infonomena
January 19, 2023

In a November 30, 2022, speech on INFLATION AND THE LABOR MARKET, Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell blamed most of the 3.5 million estimated shortfall in the US labor force on premature retirements. He also blamed a large portion between 280,000 and 680,000 - on “long Covid.” In a footnote, however, Powell acknowledged a far more somber factor: an estimated 400,000 unexpected deaths among working age people.

Its easy to blame these deaths on Covid-19. The virus is of course one significant cause. But it’s not nearly the only cause, especially among young and middle-age workers. We need better government data transparency to make a full assessment. Until then, we can proceed with others who track mortality for a living life insurance companies.

The Great Divide 2020 vs. 2021

In 2020, Covid-19 took many lives, even among select groups of middle-age people, specifically those with comorbidities such as diabetes. In 2020, Covid did not take very many lives of healthy young and middle-age people - for example, the types of people who are employed at large and mid-size companies and who have group life insurance. As you can see in the chart below, group life insurance benefit payments in 2020 were barely higher than in 2018.

Life Insurance Payout

In 2021, however, group life payments exploded by 20.7 percent over the five year average and by 15 percent over the acute pandemic year of 2020. Why would healthy young and middle-age people suddenly begin dying in large numbers in 2021 when theyd navigated 2020 with relative success?

Especially when we consider that in 2021, the US administered 520 million Covid-19 vaccine doses. Shouldn’t healthy people employed in good jobs with good benefits, now protected with vaccines, have fared better in 2021 than in 2020? Surely, overdoses and suicides have risen in recent years. But those causes of death are less prominent among the group life cohorts in general, and the latest data confirm these were not drivers of the group life surge. Curiously, two of the largest spikes in 2021 came from deadly automobile accidents and non-automobile accidents.

Millennial Mortality

Let’s look at a few of these young adult age groups in more detail. In the charts below, we’ve broken out total all-cause deaths into three groups 30-34, 35-39, and 40-44. Eyeballing the age group charts alone shows that factors other than Covid-19 itself must have driven large portions of the mortality spike in young and middle-age workers. (We are using official statistics, which likely overstate Covid mortality and understate non-Covid mortality. It’s the best we’ve got for now.)

image: monthy death rates by age

The most important overall point is that 2021 was far worse for young and middle-age people than 2020.

Another key point is that 2022 was also worse than 2020, though not as bad as 2021.

Mortality rates in 2022 were still dramatically higher than the pre-pandemic baseline.

Covid-19 hit hard in 2020, especially for the old, vulnerable, and comorbid. In other words, Covid-19 took many of the most unhealthy from us in 2020. In principle, therefore, a smaller number unhealthy people might have been susceptible to Covid-19 in 2021 and 2022. High mortality years are often followed by low mortality years. After two successive high mortality years, the third year is even more likely to be low-mortality. For 2022 to be as bad, or somewhat worse, than 2020, is thus a big surprise. Last years milder Omicron variants make 2022’s stubbornly high mortality rate even more baffling.

All-cause mortality is crucial to understand whether public health policies are working. All-cause numbers can also help expose faulty reasoning when overly narrow, overly complicated, or overly clever analyses miss or hide important signals. For example, an analysis which purported to show lockdowns reduced Covid deaths but which neglected to show other deaths rose even more, would not reflect the totality of the policy’s effects. Likewise, a chemotherapy which shrinks tumors but kills patients may be successful in its narrow task yet fail the larger mission. Most analysts and health authorities studiously ignored all-cause over the last three years. The all-cause figures above show our Covid policies were far from successful.

For other purposes, however, its helpful and even necessary to drill down on specific causes. Important signals can also be lost in large groupings. SIMPSON’S PARADOX, for example, is a common statistical illusion. (Few have dug deeper, with as much specificity, as JOHN BEAUDOIN, an engineer from Massachusetts who gained access to his states digital death records for the last eight years. He shows that specific causes of death spike and fall at important moments and periods. CDC data is not organized with such granularity. More on Beaudoin’s analysis in coming weeks)

We know that recent years saw an upswing in drug overdoses and suicides, which accelerated with the pandemic lockdowns. Although these troubling trends cannot explain the enormous and unprecedented all-cause mortality seen above, we should attempt to account for them. Likewise, although Covid-19 did not cause all these record deaths, it was a significant factor.

Employment Aberration

So we dig deeper. If we remove both Covid-19 and unnatural deaths (homicide, suicide, overdose, etc.), we see a dramatic spike of natural, non-Covid-19 deaths among working age people beginning in the spring and summer of 2021. The CDC then stopped publishing the detailed data breaking out these particular categories.

image: death by natural cause 2021

But we know this trend continued. In fact, it got much worse. The life insurance companies told us so. On a December 30, 2021, videoconference with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, OneAmerica CEO Scott Davison REPORTED with shock:

“And what we saw just in third quarter, were seeing it continue into fourth quarter, is that death rates are up 40% over what they were pre-pandemic.”

“40% is just unheard of.”

“It may not all be COVID on their death certificate, but deaths are up just huge, huge numbers.”

Several months later, Lincoln National REPORTED its 2021 payouts were $1.4 billion, versus $548 million in 2020, a 164 percent rise.

As you will remember seeing in our three all-cause charts, August, September, and October of 2021 showed a gigantic upward bubble - the worst ever period of concentrated young and middle-age deaths, at least in modern times.

Heart attacks, strokes, pulmonary embolisms, accidents, and many seemingly-inexplicable sudden deaths, which continued into 2022, and now in 2023. Here is the Society of Actuaries NOVEMBER 22 UPDATE, which goes through June 2022.

image: excess mortality 2020-2023

Its true that the late summer and fall period of 2021 coincided with the Delta wave in the US, which was more infectious and appeared to be more pathogenic than previous variants. (We֒ve SUGGESTED the mass vaccination programs may have, by exerting extreme evolutionary pressure, driven convergence onto more infectious, vaccine-evading variants. Brand new research just published in the New England Journal of Medicine continues to bolster our escape variant thesis: SUBSTANTIAL NEUTRALIZATION ESCAPE BY SARS-COV-2 OMICRON VARIANS BQ.1.1 AND XBB.1.

Federal officials and the medical establishment, you will recall, argued in 2021 that it was a PANDEMIC OF THE UNVACCINATED. Even the Society of Actuaries attempts to explain away its alarming findings by implying the deaths are due to lack of vaccination. It does so with crude regressions of excess mortality and bulk statewide vaccination totals as of June 30, 2021.

But remember those 520 million vaccine doses. How can you generate far more deaths in 2021 - ascribing them to unvaccination - with a dramatically smaller number of unvaccinated people? In 2021, perhaps 20-40 percent of these group life insureds were unvaccinated. In 2020, 100 percent of them were unvaccinated, yet mortality barely rose. The math doesnt come close to working.

The 40-44 age group, for example, suffered 21.5 percent more total deaths in 2021 than 2020. This terrible outcome occurred with less than half the so-called susceptible population due to their unvaccinated status. ItҒs difficult to assert robust vaccine effectiveness when both doses-delivered and deaths are skyrocketing.

On the other hand, the group life insurance data show vaccinated groups may have suffered the worse outcomes. By August, most large and mid-size companies and organizations across the country had vaccine mandates, and most employees complied. Yet these workers suffered extraordinary indeed, totally unprecedented death rates - in 2021, especially the second half of 2021.

image: 2023 excess mortality percentage

Ed Dowd, a former BlackRock portfolio manager, points to a crucial peculiarity in his book CAUSE UNKNOWN. Employed people with group life insurance policies are far healthier than their overall population cohort. They typically die at a significantly lower rate, just 30-40 percent of the overall population. This is an iron actuarial law. In 2021, however, as you can see in the chart directly above, these employed Americans died at excess rates far higher than their larger pool of less healthy peers.

We could also point to FAST-RISING DISABILITY as a key factor in the worker shortage. Fed chair Powell blames it on long Covid. Once again, however, the timing doesnt fit that story very well.

To overgeneralize:

In 2020, the vulnerable died of Covid at unusually high rates. In 2021 and 2022, Covid continued its assault, but the young, middle-aged, and healthy also died in aberrantly high numbers of something else.

These patterns are repeating across the high-income developed world Germany, the UK, Japan, South Korea, Australia.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2023

Rise of the Plutocrat Documentaries

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Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else

ENDEVR
November 2022

This documentary travels through a world of joblessness, debt, and economic uncertainty to the sovereign nation of the plutocrats, where each crisis seems to offer a new business opportunity. In America, where the 2008 financial meltdown cost $4 trillion in economic output, fortunes were made by the very people who precipitated the disaster while millions lost their homes and their savings.

Austerity in Europe, economic stagnation in Asia, a “lost generation” of the young and unemployed - signs we are living through a fundamental global reorganization, the result of which no-one can predict. The world of the 1% has arrived, and the wealth gap is now greater in many countries than during the Gilded Age, the era of the Rockefellers, Carnegies and Vanderbilts. Can our stressed democracies deal with the fallout? Or have governments simply become instruments of the new elite?

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Poverty in the USA: Being Poor in the World’s Richest Country

ENDEVR
January 2022

In 2019, 43 million people in the United States lived below the poverty line, twice as many as it was fifty years before. 1.5 million children were homeless, three times more than during the Great Depression the 1930s. Entire families are tossed from one place to another to work unstable jobs that barely allow them to survive. In the historically poor Appalachian mining region, people rely on food stamps for food. In Los Angeles, the number of homeless people has increased dramatically. In the poorest neighbourhoods, associations offer small wooden huts to those who no longer have a roof.

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99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film

Founding Directors: Aaron Aites, Audrey Ewell & others
Featuring: Matt Taibbi, Naomi Wolf, Richard Wilkinson, Micah White, Hero Vincent
September 6, 2013

In September 2011, The Occupy Wall Street movement propelled issues of economic inequality into the spotlight.  99% - The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film goes behind the scenes of the movement, definitively revealing what happened, and why.  Personal stories imbue analysis of big picture issues with the real-world struggles of those compelled to take action, speak up, march, and risk arrest and brutality at the hands of oppressive police forces around the country. Supporters, participants, experts and critics shed light on why and how this movement took off with such explosive force, and ask what the next phase might encompass.

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99% Movement- Occupy Wall Street: The Next Chapters- Assange, Whitney Webb, YellowVest, Etc

By DanNowman
Rumble
November 22, 2022

This is the continuation of the documentary 99% Movement- Occupy Wall Street with chapters that feature Julian Assange, Bernie Sanders’ campaigns beginning and ending, the Yellow Vest Movement, and the Great Reset now with the pandemic and more. Also featuring clips with Jimmy Dore, Whitney Webb, Stella Moris Assange, Prof. Richard Wolff, Catherine Austin Fitts, Andrew Yang, Dennis Kucinich, Kelly Carlin, Dr. Jill Stein, Tony Blair, Mikki Willis, soldiers in the U.S. Military, and more.

Special thanks also to Children’s Health Defense and David DeGraw (In Defense of Humanity).

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Four Horsemen
By Renegade Inc
September 13, 2013

DUMENTARY ABOUT the modern apocalypse caused by a rapacious banking system. 23 leading thinkers - frustrated at the failure of their respective disciplines - break their silence to explain how the world really works.

The Four Horsemen is our independent feature documentary which lifts the lid on how the world really works. It is a film that questions the systems we’ve created - and suggests ways to reform them.

As we will never return to “business as usual” 23 international thinkers, government advisors and Wall Street money-men break their silence and explain how to establish a moral and just society.

“It’s Inside Job with bells on, and a frequently compelling thesis thanks to Ashcroft’s crack team of talking heads - economists, whistleblowers and Noam Chomsky, all talking with candour and clarity.” - Total Film

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Tuesday, January 03, 2023

The Desperate Job Seeker

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10 Signs of a Desperate Job Seeker: 5 Steps to Avoid Acting

By Chitra Reddy
Wise sep

Being able to bag a job in the present economic condition is a tough feat indeed. There are many people out there who try hard as they are unable to get a good job and because of this, they are forced to just settle for anything which happens to come their way. The manner in which you conduct yourself during your interview will determine whether or not you will be able to bag a job. So continue to be confident and never lose hope. Given here is a list on signs of whether you are a desperate job seeker or not and also a list on how to avoid acting in such a manner.

The Signs of a Desperate Job Seeker:

1. He or she is a yes man no matter what it is that you say:

You can immediately identify a desperate job seeker by the manner in which he or she will be carefully listening to whatever you have to say and nodding in agreement to every term as well as a condition which you happen to put forth. A person who is not a desperate job seeker will listen to what you have to say and go ahead to analyze the pros and cons of ACCEPTING THE OFFER. However a person who has no other alternative will have to accept every and any job which comes his way, so that he can be able to keep his head above the water.

2. He or she will say that he is willing to do any kind of jobs:

No matter what kind of job description you might give, a desperate job seeker will be willing to do it all without even a peek. He knows that if he offers even the slightest of resistance then this might not sit very well with the recruitment. However, if you present yourself as someone who is a desperate job seeker then the company people are bound to exploit you and even take advantage of your position. So no matter what, you must ensure that you reveal no signs of weakness or vulnerability as that is bound to cost you.

3. He or she is desperate to please:

Desperate job seekers know that one of the only ways in which he can be able to BAG THE JOB is by getting on the good side of the person who is taking the interview. So at such a time, they try their best to please the interviewer and go out of their way to create a good impression. Behaving in such a manner or even resorting to flattery is something which is not desirable at all because recruiters are skilled and experienced professionals who know every trick in the book!

4. He or she has no inhibitions about groveling:

One of the main signs that someone is desperate for the job is when he or she will resort to a kind of begging saying that they will do anything for the job and might even go so far as to break into tears when you say that they have not made the cut. Being in such a situation is most certainly unfortunate and many a time even people with the best of qualifications are unable to bag a job simply because luck is not in their favor. Keeping ones eyes as well as ears open at all times is vital, so that you do not miss out on good opportunities that happen to come your way.

5. He or she will claim to be able to do any job:

No matter what, a smart job seeker will make tall claims to be able to do any kind of job. If you are someone who is a recruiter then you should ensure that you keep an eye out for such Jack of all trades who will eventually prove to be a liability to the company as they will be a master in none of the trades. Be sure to only hire those individuals to the company who you are absolutely sure about because if you make a wrong decision then it could cost the company heavily in the long run.

6. No matter what salary or perks you offer will be acceptable to this individual:

A person who is desperate to bag a job will accept the job simply because it is a means of employment and will not even ask too many questions about salary perks or anything of the kind. For such a person, getting some salary at the month is better than not being able to look forward to any money. No one is a desperate job seeker by choice, it is a compulsion for many people who try as they might are just not able to bag any job. It is only when the economic condition is better that such things can stop.

7. He or she will not ask about vacation details or perks:

A person who wants to just bag the job under all costs will not even come prepared to ask any questions to the interviewer or recruiter; rather he or she will just try his level best to get the job. Things or luxuries such as these do not even matter to this individual and he just wants an opportunity to prove his worth and to show that once this opportunity has been granted to him, he will prove himself to be an indispensable part of the company. So this is a sure sign that the interviewee is a desperate job seeker if he or she doesnt counter question you in any way at all so as to not antagonize you.

8. He or she will send resumes to all companies:

A desperate job seeker is someone who is finding it tough to make two ends meet and because of his need to bag a job he even resorts to sending resumes to all companies in the hope that he will be able to hear from at least one or two of them at the earliest. He does not even look to send his resumes to the top companies or the best in the business, rather his prerogative is merely bagging the first job which comes his way because he is well aware of the fact that he is someone who most certainly cannot afford to be picky or choosy.

9. He or she will keep mailing a company or making trips to the office:

In addition to sending the resume, a desperate job seeker will keep contacting the various companies to ensure that his resume has reached and even to inquire whether or not he will be called upon or contacted anytime soon. In addition to this such a desperate job seeker who is currently unemployed might even go so far as to make trips to several offices to find out in person if there are currently any job openings which need to be filled immediately. After all, desperate times do call for desperate measures.

10. Will not be very confident:

A person who is a desperate job seeker will not be very confident as he knows what personal worries he has because his financial position is not very stable. It is all these worries that will be bowing him down causing him to have a worried look in his eye and might even cause his confidence to flutter a little bit. He is well aware of the fact that with each job interview he has so much on the line that he cannot afford to make even the smallest of mistakes, lest an employment opportunity will slip through his fingers.

5 Steps to avoid looking desperate in a Job Interview:

1. You say whatever is on your mind:

No matter how eager you are as a job seeker you should ensure that you speak whatever is on your mind and do not agree with everything which is being told to you. You have the courage to put forth your convictions without having any kind of qualms. Companies are always willing to hire those individuals who are bold and confident about their feeling. They put forth their views in a respectful and coherent manner, causing other to sit up and take notice of them.

2. You are confident at every step of the way:

As mentioned above a sheer sign of someone who is a desperate job seeker is that he or she will be LACKING IN CONFIDENCE, so it is important that you do not let your confidence levels to go down at any cost or this is bound to create a negative impression in the minds of those who are taking your interview. You should ensure that you try your level best at all times and leave the rest up to fate. There is only so much which you can do when you go for an interview. Worrying is not going to help you in any way rather it is going to negatively impact your performance.

3. You do not accept all terms presented before you:

A way in which to show that you are not someone who is a desperate job seeker is by not accepting terms which you are really not okay with. If you feel that there is something which you are not willing to do then you should just go all out and say it, this is better than making promises which you will not be able to keep. Being a yes man and agreeing to everything is not merely desperate but it might cost you your job at a future point in time.

4. You take your time to make your decisions:

A desperate job seeker is someone who will not even take a moment to soak in all that is being told rather he will just give his consent. One of the signs to show that you are someone who isnt desperate is by taking your time to take your decision thereby keeping the company on their toes. The moment you start putting up your price then the company people will automatically get the drift that you are someone who is sought after and if they do not act fast then a good employee like you might even slip through their fingers.

5. You ask questions pertaining to salary and perks:

Only a person who is bold and carefree will ask questions pertaining to salary and will be willing to negotiate with the company rather than just accepting things as they are. In order to really raise your own value in the eyes of the company recruiter, you have to be able to put on a good show. No matter what your condition is you must never stoop to any low levels to be able to bag a job. However, this being stated you must ensure that you do not go overboard and end up looking like someone who has an attitude problem and does not respect authority.

Final Words:

So these are the points which explicate on what are the signs of a desperate job seeker. What you must remember is that if employees see that you have such signs of desperation then they will not be willing to hire someone like you. It is up to you to hold your own at all times so ensure that you conduct yourself with grace as well as dignity so that at all costs you always have yourself respect as well as dignity intact. So accept things as they are and never do something which might go ahead and tarnish your reputation.

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Sunday, January 01, 2023

Austerity American Style Part 23 - Deja Vu

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In 1982 Ronald Reagan, who was probably the first moron elected President of the USA. began a war on government, stating it was the enemy not your friend, and a war on working people by beginning the process of rolling back gains U.S. workers had made in the 20th Century. Every President since Reagan, including President Obama, have continued the war on working people, by destroying labor unions and reducing benefits working people had fought for and gained in the last hundred years.

It is no longer possible for the vast majority of workers to get a good job that pays a living wage.  The economic pie is no longer being shared equitably.  The wealthy classes and their political flunkies have broken the Social Contract with the workers and people of the USA and Canada.
- The Broken Social Contract

In the boardrooms of corporate America, profits aren’t everything - they are the only thing. A JPMorgan research report concludes that the current corporate profit recovery is more dependent on falling unit-labor costs than during any previous expansion.
- Why The Rich Love Unemployment

After saying that “the halls of Congress are no joke,” Ocasio-Cortez said that “standing up to corporate power, and established interests is no joke. It’s not just about standing up and saying these things, but behind closed doors, your arm is twisted, the vise pressure of political pressure gets put on you, every trick in the book, psychological, and otherwise is to get us to abandon the working class.”
- AOC - Bernie Sanders Won’t Abandon the Working Class

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Debt Ceiling Deja Vu
Then and now, how does the bipartisan embrace of austerity help working people?

By Editors
In These Times
December 15, 2022

Congress needs to pay its bills again, and defaulting could throw the United States into willful economic catastrophe. The debt limit - the cap on the federal government’s borrowing - has been raised or suspended nearly 100 times in U.S. history, including three times under the Trump administration. During the 2011 debt-ceiling crisis, In These Times senior editor David Moberg cited the culpability of not only conservatives (who believed in cutting entitlements) but former President Barack Obama, who PLAYED INTO THE POLITICS of AUSTERITY. A decade later, the question becomes: Could President Joe BIDEN and the congressional Democrats finally be ready to defy the GOP’s brinkmanship?

In August 2011, David Moberg WROTE:

The debt-ceiling crisis was a manufactured pseudo-event with real consequences. But at least one thing is clear about the trillion-dollar deficit reduction deal Democratic and Republican negotiators reached on July 31 and passed into law this week: Economic inanity and political mendacity will generate social calamity. The deal cuts about $1 trillion from discretionary spending (from the military - but not ongoing wars - to education and environmental protection) over the next decade. A congressional joint committee will come up with $1.5 trillion more in cuts. If Congress doesnt implement those recommendations by the end of the year, automatic cuts will be imposed on entitlements,” or mandatory programs like Medicare.

The fault lies mainly with Republicans. They used blackmail over raising the debt ceiling to advance a single-minded agenda to starve and shrink government. Yet even the prospect of filling a few tax loopholes for the super-rich killed a deal offering virtually everything they wanted. And now Republicans dangerously insist that deep cuts will be the price of all bills to lift the debt ceiling in the future as well.

[T]hough he admirably insists the rich ought to pay more, Obama believes the federal debt is the nations biggest challenge, and that the only solution is to cut “entitlements” breaking the social contract that Democrats claim as their hallmark.

He need not - and should not - do so. The short-term deficit should increase to stimulate the economy, and the long-range debt problem should be solved by reversing its major causes: tax cuts for the rich, two wars, a deep recession induced by a financial crisis and healthcare inflation. The Congressional Progressive Caucus has shown how to reduce the deficit over a decade by more than double Obamas or House Speaker John Boehner‒s goal while protecting important, popular programs.

Obama may be pursuing economic austerity for reasons political thinking it will help his reelection or economic - even though he seems to recognize the need for government investment. On both counts, hes dangerously wrong.

The debt-limit debacle, moreover, has shifted attention away from the real crisis: persistent high unemployment and slow job growth. Worse, the bipartisan embrace of austerity makes it harder to create jobs.

Obama could push forҢ - maybe even enact administratively - many small measures to boost jobs: for example, renew extended unemployment insurance, expand support for short work weeks, promote Buy American policies, continue clean energy loans, expand the existing student loan rebate program, use Fannie Mae influence to guarantee financially troubled homeowners the right to rent their homes.

Obama could push for federal public-service jobs, expanded infrastructure spending, energy efficiency support, aid to state and local governments or a higher minimum wage. Unlike Obama’s current course, such policies to reduce unemployment and the deficit - may be enough to keep hope alive.

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