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Dealing with Layoff

Tuesday, May 07, 2024

We’re Still Outsourcing Computer Jobs

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With all the TALK of cybersecurity fears of hacks and a hot jobs market - you have to wonder what’s next.

There’s a couple of other things to think about besides paying slave wages to, and/or outsourcing the talent of Americans overseas.

The official government jobs numbers.  They’re as worthless as a three dollar bill.  The 40% or so of us that actually make enough to pay our bills probably don’t follow - or care about - those reports.

National security.  How can so many companies - and the government - outsource critical work like maintaining and administering computer systems to our political adversaries and countries off American soil?

The Great Replacement.  If you’re one of those 40% or so not living paycheck to paycheck, or watch cable news like MSNC and FOX for truth, you probably think the “great replacement” is a theory.

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May 3, 2024

I work for a pretty large MSSP in SOC in the U.S. I’m closing in on almost 3 years here, a couple months ago I was promoted to senior security analyst. I noticed a trend starting early last year, the company starting doing layoffs at first for the tier 1 soc roles and helpdesk, not all of them but a good amount, then after a week or so we were introduced to NEW TEAM MEMBERS FOR THE SAME ROLES THAT WERE LAID OFF BUT THEY WERE BASED IN INDIA. Then in Sept of last year, layoffs again, this time tier 2 where I was at, at the time. Same thing a week later more teammates from India. Finally once I was promoted a couple months ago to a senior I thought I would be safe. 2 weeks ago, again layoffs announced, this time some of our security engineers and software engineers, you can see the cycle here, surprise, the following week those roles were replaced by people in India.

Now almost 40% of my team is based out of India in the SOC, I know with our helpdesk the figure is higher, and with engineering its probably somewhere in the 20%. To be honest without disrespecting anyone, ever since the arrival of the employees from India, our quality of work has declined drastically, I am continually having to intervene on tickets worked by them, which is taking more time from myself having to work on high priority situations, we are constantly having miscommunication issues and it has made work much more difficult then it needs to be. Customers are filing more complaints then ever, some of our application projects for engineering that were due to be released months ago have been pushed for a further timeframe of 5 to 6 months. We had some of our biggest clients telling us that they will have to think carefully if they will want to renew their contract with us.

One of the main reasons I went into cybersecurity and spent so much time on education and certifications was because I was being told and led to believe this is a secure field for job risk. I understand a corporation’s main goal is to generate profit. But I thought roles in this industry would be more inclined to not be outsourced due to the nature of security data that US companies would be inclined to not have that data accessible overseas.

So I can see the writing on the wall, either the company will start laying off the seniors and replacing us for cheaper labor or they will want us to stay here to oversee the environment. Doesn’t matter to me though because I don’t want to work at this company anymore due to the reasons I stated above. I am continually seeing headlines of these tech layoffs but one of the main backings of these that isn’t talked about enough in my opinion is outsourcing.

So as I brush up my resume to start looking for another job, which sucks to think about because I genuinely enjoyed working at this company previously. I think to myself and hopefully I can gain some insight from all of you, what roles in the security field are less prone to outsourcing? I am mostly experienced in blue team/defense security and incident response, should I start looking at red team? cloud security? application security? or a specific industry in security? Etc. security is a vast field so I would love any input from you.

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Same job, $16 less per hour: Frustrated job hunters cant find roles that pay as well as their old ones
The latest jobs report shows the labor market is still strong, but some workers say theyve been forced to take jobs that pay almost half what they earned before

By Zoe Han
Marketwatch
May 4, 2024

Martin-John Rubio had been job hunting for a year when he saw a posting in early 2024 for a role in talent acquisition that was similar to his previous job, which he had left after his contract ended. But instead of the $33 an hour he’d been earning before, the listed pay was $17 an hour.

Rubio was flummoxed, so he sent the job poster an email.

“I said, ‘Hi there. I was just curious - was this a typo? Did you mean to put $27 or $37? Because it says $17.  It’s located in Silicon Valley. There’s no way that anybody would take that job,’” he told MarketWatch.

He didn’t get a response.

“I wasn’t trying to be a smart-ass,” Rubio said. “Because $17 an hour? I mean, Christ, the fast-food people earn more than that nowadays.”

California fast-food workers started earning $20 an hour this year, and throughout the U.S., LOW-WAGE WORKERS HAVE SEEN THEIR PAY RISE FASTER than any other group since 2019. But some white-collar workers say the current job market is the most difficult they’ve ever experienced.

For jobs in industries like mortgage lending, marketing and human resources, some companies are offering salaries that are lower than what new hires had been making at their previous jobs, often for the same type of role - and especially for those in mid-level to senior-level roles. Some job seekers say they’ve had to accept that lower pay or leave their field entirely.

What’s going on? “After a hiring spree in 2021 and 2022, when some companies had to offer higher salaries to fill roles for which workers were in high demand, many of those same companies are now trimming the pay they offer new hires,” said Paaras Parker, chief human-resources officer at the human-capital-management platform Paycor.

“The math would tell you, then, they would have to pay less for other types of roles,” Parker said. “Because there;s just not more money available.”

For most of 2023, the average new hire across the board in the U.S. was paid less than the average new hire in 2022, according to data provided byGUSTO, a payroll platform for mostly small and medium-size businesses. 

A ‘wait and see’ economy

Marilyn Driscoll, who lives in the Chicago area, was making $115,000 a year, or about $55 to $60 an hour, as a senior technical RECRUITER. After her contract expired in August 2023, she expected to find a new position within a month or two. But as that stretched into half a year, she found that most of the roles she was applying and interviewing for were paying about 30% to 40% less than she had been making.

“You look at the jobs on the [job boards] and you just have to laugh,” she said.

A recruiter for one job told Driscoll in an interview that the pay was $20 per hour. “This has got to be a mistake,” she responded. She said in an interview with MarketWatch that she would not take a job like that one, which came with entry-level pay but senior-level responsibilities.

“Its soul-crushing,” she said.

Brett Jansen worked as a chief growth officer before being laid off in November. In an interview for a similar role, a recruiter told her that nobody was getting paid as much as she had been making before. The job market was going through a reset after salaries got inflated during the pandemic, Jansen was told.

She thought that was unacceptable. “You can’t pay people less when the cost of living is what it is right now,” Jansen told MarketWatch. “You can’t pay people less to do the same job that they were doing previously.”

The overall labor market looks strong, but the latest government data shows scattered signs of a slowdown. While unemployment remains low, job openings in the U.S. fell to 8.5 million in March, THE LOWEST LEVEL IN MORE THAN THREE YEARS. Most new jobs were in three areas: GOVERNMENT, HEALTHCARE, AND LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY.

“Many employers are hesitant to recruit new workers because of economic uncertainties and rising costs,” according to Liz Wilke, the principal economist at Gusto, who called it a “wait and see” economy.

The finance industry has seen the biggest decline in pay levels over the past four years, with new hires earning 7% less in 2024 than new hires did in 2019, according to Gusto data.

“That’s partly because there are fewer jobs for loan officers now,” Wilke said. A series of interest-rate hikes by the Federal Reserve that started in 2022 has made borrowing money more expensive, which means fewer people are taking out loans.

THE TECH INDUSTRY is also seeing a drop in pay for new hires”, said Rahul Yodh, vice president of talent acquisition at New Western, a real-estate investing company.

‘You look at the jobs on the [job boards] and you just have to laugh.’Marilyn Driscoll, a former senior technical recruiter

Two and a half years ago, he said, tech was the most candidate-driven market out there. Job offers were “more than generous,” and many of them were open-ended - meaning that if a candidate declined the offer but went back to the company a year later, the company would still be open to hiring them, Yodh told MarketWatch. “That would never happen today.”

As Driscoll, the former technical recruiter, described it: “People were throwing stupid money at us.”

Doing more work for less pay

U.S. employers have announced more than 322,043 job cuts since the start of 2024, according to the latest figures from the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Along with those layoffs, workers looking for new jobs not only saw lower pay, they also saw roles that required them to do more.

Driscoll saw one posting for a job in Austin, Texas, that paid $115,000 to $125,000 a year. The role involved managing recruiters along with marketing recruitment efforts and other duties. “This is easily five different roles,” she said, adding that the pay for such a job should be more than $200,000.

Companies have also had to recalibrate remaining employees’ responsibilities after layoffs, Yodh said, noting that unless a company decides to eliminate a project, the work still needs to get done.

Increasingly, beaten-down job seekers are saying yes to lower-paying jobs after months of unemployment.

After working 17 years in the mortgage industry, Janice Hernandez was laid off twice in 2023 - first from her $90,000-a-year job as an account-relationship manager. Six months later, Hernandez accepted the only job she was offered, as a senior loan partner earning $54,000 a year. She was later laid off from that job, too.

“I had no choice but to take it because I needed [it] to work financially,” Hernandez told MarketWatch. “I said, ‘It’s better than nothing.’”

Andrea Dean recently found herself in a similar situation. Dean, who lives in Melbourne, Fla., had 22 years of industry experience under her belt and was making $35.50 an hour as a conventional mortgage-loan underwriter before she was let go in August 2022. She started working a $19-an-hour logistics job last July. “I didn’t care. I just needed to make money,” she said.

“When more workers are willing to take less money, that can drive pay levels down further,” Yodh said. And many rounds of layoffs have resulted in a candidate pool filled with more-experienced white-collar workers. “In today’s job market, there’s no shortage of good quality candidates,” he said.

Rubio hasn’t given up on his search for a good job in human resources.

“You’ve got to look every day,” he said. “The one day you don’t look, that’s the one day the job that you want is going to come out. Trust me.|

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Monday, April 29, 2024

Insight Global Report On Job Search Burnout

Survey: Majority of Unemployed Americans Are Burned Out by Job Hunt

By Patrick Glynn
Insight Global

A July 2023 survey by Insight Global found that 55 percent of unemployed adults actively seeking employment say they are “completely burned out” from the job hunt.

Of the 501 survey respondents, who all voluntarily or involuntarily separated from their full-time role over the last 12 months, said they averaged applying to around 30 jobs and only getting call backs or responses to four of them. Gen-Z reported the highest rate of job hunt burnout - 66 percent - among different generations.

“It’s no wonder that so many unemployed Americans are feeling unmotivated - between several years of a volatile job market, headcount reductions, budget cuts, hiring freezes and a total overhaul of the way companies are running their businesses, it can feel downright impossible to get back on track,” said Bert Bean, Insight Globals CEO.

“There is certainly a lot of work that goes into submitting applications, trying to network, going through interviews, and conducting follow up, only to do it all over again and again.”

Other Job Hunt Survey Findings

Some other findings from the survey include:

· 21 percent of unemployed Millennials feel they are still unemployed because they only apply to remote roles.

· About a quarter of recently unemployed men (26%) said they are still unemployed because the jobs they hear back from are beneath them.

· Over a third of recently unemployed full-time workers (36%) say they would rather drive for a delivery or rideshare service than send out another blast of resumes.

· Just over 25 percent of unemployed full-time workers feel there arent any jobs that match their skillset or there is too much competition for available jobs.

· About 2 in 5 recently unemployed workers donҒt have a problem or feel no shame in living with parents when trying to find a job.

· 44 percent of Gen Z respondents admit they would rather get a sugar daddy or sugar mommy than send out another blast of resumes.

Advice for Fighting Job Hunt Burnout

Insight Global CEO Bert Bean understands the burnout. “While I know it can feel overwhelming to land an opportunity that gets you out of the unemployment circuit while also fulfilling your professional goals,” he says, he offered some advice for job seekers who are feeling burned out by the job search:

Rethink remote work: Closing off jobs because they require face time in the office is going to limit job opportunities. Insight Global’s found that an overwhelming majority of new job postings across all industries were for HYBRID OR FULLY IN-PERSON ROLES. “My advice is to be open to either hybrid work opportunities or even those that require full time in the office,” Bean said. “It truly helps with colleague connections and produces a level of productivity that I personally feel is most attainable when youre together.”

Stand out in the crowd: Though many job seekers feel there is too much competition for a job or the jobs they find don’t match their skill set, Bean suggests turning this into a positive. Find a way to stand out in the crowd - maybe its creating a digital resume, maybe it’s actually stopping by a company’s office in person for a quick hello, or maybe it’s just not stopping until you hear back, he said. “I think that those who work hard and do whatever it takes to get their foot in the door will be the ones who will see the most success.”

Burn the burnout: “I encourage candidates to find small wins and stack them,” Bean said. “Find productive things you can accomplish to help you mentally,” and “help you feel productive and remind you what it feels like to win again.” This doesn’t have to be strictly wins in the job search. Journaling every day, making five LinkedIn connections per day, or completing a physical accomplishment can be wins that fight job hunt burnout.

Don’t write anything off: Bean stresses the importance of not thinking a job is way beneath you. Many companies offer opportunities like promotions and upskilling, so look past the outlined role and see what else might be possible in the future with that organization, he says.

Reach for resources: Find resources that can help you brush up your resume, sharpen interview skills, boost your confidence, and connect you with companies and opportunities that are right for you. (Insight Global’s Be the Light tour is an example.) “Be willing to accept help from professionals and you’ll put yourself in a better position for landing a job,” Bean said.

“It’s important to remember that just like anything, the job market goes in waves and can experience drastic highs and lows,” he finished. “With this in mind, there will be a time when things start to feel a bit less difficult.”

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Friday, April 14, 2023

H1-B Abuse 2023

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Abuse CAN ONLY take place if enough people are SILENT about it, which is to say that those who are silent about the abuse are complicit in it. EVIL can only PLAY ITSELF OUT without restraint when good people see what is happening and do nothing. Staying silent in the PRESENCE OF ABUSE, though seemingly a passive role, is to unwittingly play an active role enabling our own victimization.
- Paul Levy

Now that the Covid scare is OFFICIALLY OVER in the U.S. next month, I’m guessing travel restrictions are getting lifted everywhere else, and the corporatists will get back to their usual ways of screwing American workers with the blessings of the politicians in their pockets. 

I’ve been reading stuff about H1-B abuse for almost 20 years, but nothing changes.

For instance, IN 2005:

THIS REPORT examines the wage data in Labor Department records for Fiscal Year 2004. It compares wages in approved Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) for H-1B workers in computer programming occupations to wage levels of U.S. workers in the same occupation and location. The analysis demonstrates that, despite the H-1B prevailing-wage requirement, actual pay rates reported by employers of H-1B workers were significantly lower than those of American workers. These findings show that the implementation of the prevailing-wage requirement in the H-1B program does not ensure that H-1B workers are paid comparably to U.S. workers. Moreover, the data suggest that, rather than helping employers meet labor shortages or bring in workers with needed skills, as is often claimed by program users, the H-1B program is instead more often used by employers to import cheaper labor.

In 2007, a telling video showing how corporate America gets around hiring natives was POSTED ON YOUTUBE:

Immigration attorneys from Cohen & Grigsby explains how they assist employers in running classified ads with the goal of NOT finding any qualified applicants, and the steps they go through to disqualify even the most qualified Americans in order to secure green cards for H-1B workers. See what Bush and Congress really mean by a “shortage of skilled U.S. workers.” Microsoft, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, and thousands of other companies are running fake ads in Sunday newspapers across the country each week… “Our goal is not to find a qualified U.S. worker,” the attorney at the podium said in the video. “That, in a sense, sounds funny but that is what we are trying to do here.”

Then there’s the BIGGEST KICK IN THE FACE to the American tech worker:

The OPTIONAL PRACTICAL TRAINING (OPT) program, in which the AMERICAN GOVERNMENT pays American employers to discriminate against American workers has grown rapidly in recent years, and during FY 2017 it used nearly $2 billion swiped from trust funds for the elderly to favor 240,000 alien college grads over an equal number of U.S.-resident grads.
 
It is hard to believe, but true; employers of FOREIGN STUDENTS who have a degree from a U.S. institution are given an 8.25 percent tax break if they hire an alien, rather than a U.S. college grad with the same skills, and paid at the same salary, as we described in some detail in a recent posting.
- Big Media Hides Truth On Immigration II, 2019

I’m nearly convinced there’s no redemption for the PARASITES that run the corporations that America helped get rich, and the politicians that at best are cowards to corporate control, at worst - in bed with them.

I hope the new generation is smarter than mine, because sometimes I think the people that RUN AMERICA, look down on it’s people at best, or WANT US TO SUFFER at worst.

Which BRINGS UP the SIGN on the gate of Auschwitcz that says “Work Will Set You Free”.

To an extent, it is demonstrable that the Nazi reign of terror was financed and engineered by America’s elites, the Bush, Harriman, Rockefeller, Farish and Walker families partnered with Hitler and IG Farben. Auschwitz was one of their efforts and what began as eugenics became mass murder under Hitler only to reappear as Google and Facebook decades later. In between, foundations rewrote history, recreated a “dumbed down” education system and society.

Pretty soon ROBOTS ARE GOING TO DO A LOT MORE WORK that people used to do.

Then what? 

If political corruption and crony capitalism continue - we’re doomed.  The multinationals will replace most of us with robots, the one percent will take all the profits, and poverty will grow faster than ever for the rest of us.

It doesn’t have to be that way.  Imagine if after getting a bunch of robots on the production floor, employers realize they only need half of us.

Instead of firing 50% of their workforce, they cut the hours of all their workers in half, while keeping their salary and jobs.  They still get their profits, but the rest of society gets 20 more hours leisure time.

This can happen if SINS OF EXCESS can be LIFTED from our hearts, starting with the rich, influential people who own and run the world - clinging to lusts for greed, power and control.

I doubt that’ll happen anytime soon. Not in the U.S. anyway.

A revolution of the working class is doable.

CHRIS HEDGES:

There is one last hope for the United States. It DOES NOT LIE in the ballot box. It lies in the union organizing and strikes by workers

Most of these gains made in the 1960s have been rolled back under the onslaught of neoliberalism, deregulation, and a corrupt campaign finance system, legalized by court rulings such as Citizens United, which allow the rich and corporations to bankroll elections to select political leaders and impose legislation. The modern incarnation of 19th-century robber barons, including Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, each worth some $200 billion, summon us to our radical roots.

Class struggle defines most of human history. Marx got this right. It is not a new story. The rich, throughout history, have found ways to subjugate and re-subjugate the masses. And the masses, throughout history, have cyclically awoken to throw off their chains.

Until then - exploitation of workers goes on.

Today’s picture of the week of an Amazon FACTORY IN MEXICO helps drive THE OTHER POINT of worker exploitation - outsourcing, offshoring, and relocating to where the cheapest labor is.

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Tech and outsourcing companies continue to exploit the H-1B visa program at a time of mass layoffs: The top 30 H-1B employers hired 34,000 new H-1B workers in 2022 and laid off at least 85,000 workers in 2022 and early 2023

By Daniel Costa and Ron Hira
Economic Policy Institute
April 11, 2023

Key takeaways:

· The H-1B visa program was created to fill labor shortages in professional fields and could be a valuable temporary work visa program, but new data show it is being subverted by employers that are not facing labor shortages and by outsourcing firms.

· H-1B use is overly concentrated among a small number of employers. In 2022, the top 30 H-1B employers hired more than 34,000 new H-1B workers, accounting for 40% of the total annual cap of 85,000.

· The top 30 companies also laid off, or will imminently lay off, at least 85,000 workers in 2022 and the first quarter of 2023.

· Thirteen of the top 30 H-1B employers were outsourcing firms that underpay migrant workers and offshore U.S. jobs to countries where labor costs are much lower.

· Laid-off H-1B workers, who likely number in the thousands, must find a new employer to sponsor their visa within 60 days after their layoff or they may be forced to leave the United States.

· President Biden should use executive authority to fix the H-1B program and implement new rules that raise wages for migrant workers and prevent outsourcing companies from exploiting the H-1B program.

The H-1B PROGRAM is the largest U.S. temporary work visa program, with a total of approximately 600,000 workers employed by 50,000 employers. The program’s intent is to allow employers to fill labor shortages for jobs that require a college degree, by providing work authorization for migrant workers in fields like accounting, journalism, health and medical, and teaching. Most H-1B workers, however, are employed in occupations like computer systems analysis and software development.

Visas for new workers are capped at 85,000 per year, but many employers are exempt from that annual cap, including universities and their affiliated nonprofit entities, nonprofit research organizations, and government research organizations. Approximately 130,000 TEMPORARY MIGRANT WORKERS will receive new H-1B visas each fiscal year to begin new employment for capped and cap-exempt employers, with another 300,000 RECEIVING RENEWALS (which are not subject to the cap). Every April 1, the government decides, via lottery, which employers will receive the 85,000 new visas subject to the cap.

The H-1B program has many flaws that have become especially evident in light of recent mass layoffs in the tech sector. Instead of being used to fill genuine labor shortages in skilled occupations without negatively impacting U.S. workers’ wages and working conditions, the latest data show that the H-1Bs biggest users are companies that have laid off tens of thousands of workers in 2022 and the first quarter of 2023. The rest of the companies that dominate the program have an outsourcing business model that exploits the program by underpaying skilled migrant workers and offshoring U.S. jobs. President Biden can and should implement regulations and policy guidance to prevent misuse of the program, stop the exploitation of college-educated migrant workers, and ensure the program is consistent with congressional intent.

The top 30 H-1B employers hired more than 34,000 new H-1B workers in 2022 and laid off 85,000 employees

The H-1B program was created with the intent to attract skilled and talented workers to the United States to fill labor shortages in professional fieldsa sensible goal that has widespread support. But its implementation has been bungled by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Homeland Security. Since employers AREN’T REQUIRED TO TEST the U.S. labor market to see if any workers are available before hiring an H-1B worker or PAY THEIR H1-B WORKERS A FAIR WAGE, employers have exploited the program. Rather than turning to the H-1B program as a last resort when U.S. workers cannot be found, most employers hire H-1B workers because they can be underpaid and are de facto indentured to the employer. This is evidenced by government data showing that technology companies continue to hire H-1B workers in large numbers while significantly reducing the sizes of their workforces.

TABLE 1 at the end of this post illustrates this by showing the top 30 H-1B employers that are subject to the annual cap according to the number of approved petitions for initial employment (i.e., for hiring new H-1B workers, not extensions for existing H-1B workers) for fiscal year 2022. In 2022, 48,000 EMPLOYERS REGISTERED with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in hopes of hiring at least one H-1B worker, and nearly 30,000 employers ultimately hired at least one new H-1B worker. However, visa use is and has been highly concentrated among a small number of employers: The top 30 H-1B employers - representing 0.001% of employers that hired a new H-1B worker - hired more than 34,000 new H-1B workers, accounting for 40% of the new H-1B visas available under the annual limit for cap-subject companies.

Stanford University ranked 29th in fiscal year 2022 according to the number of H-1B petitions approved for new H-1B workers but was excluded from Table 1 because, as a university, it is exempt from the 85,000 annual cap. Stanford was the only cap-exempt employer in the top 30.

We then looked to see how many of the top 30 H-1B employers had announced layoffs of their workers in the United States, and how many of those workers were laid off in 2022 and the first quarter of 2023. To compile these data, we referred to LAYOFFS FYI, an open source website tracking tech industry layoffs from publicly available news reports. (LAYOFFS FYI has been WIDELY CITED BY THE MEDIA, due to the fact that the federal government does not track layoffs with specificity in terms of individual firms.) For firms on the list that did not appear in LAYOFFS FYI, we did basic internet searches for news articles and included the citations in the source section of Table 1. Because of the limited nature of available data on layoffs by employer, as well as the LAYOFFS FYI website and our searches, the number of layoffs reported in Table 1 should be considered a minimum of layoffs at the top 30 H-1B employers.

As Table 1 shows, 13 of the top 30 H-1B employers announced layoffs in 2022 and the first quarter of 2023. The layoffs at those companies totaled nearly 85,000, the same number as the H-1B annual numerical limit for cap-subject employers.

Amazon was at the top of the list in terms of both new H-1B workers and layoffs. Amazon hired 6,400 new H-1B workers in 2022, and HIRED THE MOST NEW H1-B WORKERS in 2021 as well, when it hired nearly 6,200 workers. Amazon has either recently laid off or plans to lay off 27,150 of its employees, more than twice the number of H-1B workers it hired in 2021 and 2022 combined.

Google and Meta (the latter formerly named Facebook) are both long-time top H-1B employers, together hiring over 3,100 new H-1B workers last year. Meta employs so many H-1B workers that for years it has declared itself an “H-1B dependent” firm in GOVERNMENT FILINGS because more than 15% of Meta’s total U.S. workforce is made up of H-1B workers. Together, Google and Meta laid off 33,000 employees, almost 11 times the number of new H-1B workers they hired in 2022. For more than a decade, top Google and Meta executives have been at the forefront of industry’s public calls for large increases in the H-1B cap, with Meta CREATING A LOBBYING GROUP, FWD.US, almost exclusively to push for more visas.

Four other leading tech companies on the list have announced mass layoffs. Microsoft, Intel, Qualcomm, and Cisco are the 13th-, 15th-, 18th-, and 28th-largest H-1B employers, respectively. Microsoft founder Bill Gates himself has testified before the U.S. Congress to decry the cap on H-1B visas, ARGUING for raising the cap significantly, even in the midst of the Great Recession in 2008. Together, these firms hired 2,735 new H-1B workers in 2022, but collectively they laid off close to 14,900 employees, nearly five and a half times the number of H-1B workers they hired.

Two nontech firms in the top 30 also announced significant layoffs: Goldman Sachs - the worlds second-largest investment bank which operates a services subsidiary - and McKinsey & Company - the well-known management consulting firm. Together, the two hired just over 1,000 new H-1B workers while laying off 5,200 employees.

Mass tech layoffs have left migrant workers vulnerable

It is important to note that no information source is available that reveals whether laid-off employees were migrant workers on an H-1B or other temporary visa, or if they were permanent residents, or U.S. citizens. We do know anecdotally - thanks to various NEWS REPORTS - that many H-1B workers were dismissed as part of recent layoffs, including AT LEAST 300 AT META.

Because H-1B visas are tied to a specific employer, H-1B workers are in a precarious position if they are terminated. If they want to remain in the United States, they must find a new employer to sponsor their visa within 60 days - no easy task during a time of mass layoffs in the tech industry.

This is especially heartbreaking considering many H-1B workers have deep ties to the United States and their local communities. Many are married and have children who are U.S.-born, and own homes. This is to be expected, given that H-1B visas are valid for up to six years, and many workers remain in H-1B status well beyond that because their visas can be extended for longer if they are waiting for a permanent immigrant visa to become available while they remain in the green card BACKLOG. If a laid-off H-1B worker canҒt find a new job within the time allotted or adjust to another valid immigration status, they will have to leave the country, along with any family members who are also on a temporary visa.

While all H-1B workers have little power to bargain with employers BECAUSE OF THEIR TEMPORARY VISA STATUS, laid-off workers are in an extraordinarily weak bargaining position. With the 60-day clock ticking and massive layoffs in their industry sectors and occupations, they will feel pressure to accept a job offer that pays substandard wages and offers poor working conditions just to remain in the country.

The H-1B workers who remain employed face other substantial pressures. For those workers, the very real threat of a future layoff will make them less likely to complain about longer hours, cuts to benefits and pay, and other forms of workplace exploitation - which in turn will degrade labor standards for all similarly situated workers. And their prospects for becoming permanent residents have now diminished greatly, because some tech companies like Google have decided to PAUSE THEIR EFFORTS TO OBTAIN GREEN CARDS for their H-1B workers in light of recent layoffs.

Outsourcing companies were again the biggest beneficiaries of the H-1B visa in 2022

In addition to employers exploiting the H-1B program while laying off tens of thousands of employees, outsourcing firms once again dominated the H-1B visa program in 2022, even among the top 30 H-1B employers. For more than 15 years, leading lawmakers from both parties have CRITICIZED outsourcing firms’ exploitation of H-1B and OFFERED BIPARTISAN FIXES, yet the abuse continues unabated. Thirteen of the top 30 H-1B employers were outsourcing firms, and they were issued a total of 17,534 visas for new H-1B workers (21% of the total annual cap).

AS WE DISCUSSED IN DEPTH THIS YEAR, this continues to be problematic because outsourcing companies - which have a fissured business model, do not make a product, and are STAFFING FIRMS THAT RESELL LABOR TO OTHER FIRMS - have been associated with paying their H-1B workers the LOWEST WAGES permitted by law, much lower than the U.S. market rate. Wages account for the vast majority of information technology service firms operating costs, but the outsourcing firm business model is viable only if it cuts the customers’ labor costs substantially while also earning profits for its shareholders. After cutting costs in the United States by using the H-1B visa, the outsourcers realize further cost savings and profits by SHIPPING AS MANY OF THE U.S. JOBS AND TASKS AS POSSIBLE to their OVERSEAS OPERATIONS where wages for tech workers are substantially lower.

In addition, we recently published evidence that at least one outsourcing firm is LIKELY STEALING TENS OF MILLIONS of dollars in wages from its H-1B employees, something we hope the Wage and Hour Division at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will investigate. It is also notable that one of the major outsourcing firms was hit with the LARGEST EVER CIVIL FINE FOR A VIOLATION OF U.S. VISA LAWS.

And finally, among the top outsourcing firms, only one - IBM - announced layoffs, with 3,900 workers laid off after hiring 1,239 new H-1B workers. Over the years, however, there have been countless shocking revelations in the press about HOW OUTSOURCING COMPANIES have used the H-1B program to help U.S. companies subvert the law to lay off hundreds of their well-paid employees at a time. U.S. companies do this by contracting with major outsourcing firms like Infosys (#2 on the top 30), Tata (#3), Cognizant (#4), and HCL (#7) - and replacing their employees with H-1B workers paid TENS OF THOUSANDS LESS. Some of the documented cases were with clients like DISNEY, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON, and even the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA.

DOL could end this shocking abuse of the program by closing the outsourcing loophole through new policy guidance that simply requires the end-user companies like Disney that contract with outsourcers to file an H-1B LABOR CONDITION APPLICATION (LCA). In the LCA, companies would have to attest that their use of the H-1B program will not adversely affect the working conditionsӔ of their employees, and DOL would be able to enforce that promise.

H-1B needs major reforms to prevent the degradation of labor standards and exploitation of migrant workers

While the H-1B visa program has become a common pathway for attracting skilled migrants to the U.S. labor market, it has been usurped by employers that are not facing real labor shortages and by outsourcing firms, and all employers remain allowed to PAY H1-B WORKERS LESS than the local rate for the jobs they fill. These problems are well known and well documented but most members of Congress and presidents from both parties have taken no lasting action to fix it.

The good news is that as a candidate, President Biden EXPLICITLY supported reforms to U.S. work visa programs - and now as president, he has the authority to make them a reality. President Biden can issue new regulations, policy guidance, and other rules that would preserve and create good middle-class jobs, increase productivity by attracting skilled migrant workers who complement the U.S. labor force, and ensure migrant workers are paid fairly according to U.S. standards. Last year, the Congressional Progressive Caucus reminded him of this by CALLING ON THE PRESIDENT TO FIX THE H1-B PROGRAM using his executive powers.

In the remainder of his term, President Biden should implement these essential reforms to restore integrity and fairness to the H-1B program:

· Fix the outsourcing loophole by issuing policy guidance from DOL that requires secondary employers of H-1B workers (the companies that hire outsourcing firms to provide contract workers) to file labor condition applications. GUIDANCE to require this was recently considered but never finalized, which would have prevented firms like Disney from replacing their U.S. employees with contracted H-1B workers.

· Implement DOL’s delayed H-1B PREVAILING WAGE METHOLOGY RULE, so that H-1B workers are paid a fair wage and employers are prevented from undercutting U.S. wage standards. The rule currently appears on the White Houses regulatory agenda but it is unclear whether a rule will ever be proposed.

· Issue an updated version of USCIS’s H-1B VISA ALLOCATION RULE, which would distribute H-1B visas by wage level rather than random lottery. A rule like this would ensure that the highest-skilled H-1B workers are awarded visas and it also has BIPARTISAN SUPPORT.

· Direct the Wage and Hour Division to enforce the requirement in the H-1B LABOR CONDITION APPLICAIION for employers to pay the ACTUAL WAGE rate they pay to other employees with similar experience and qualifications. Particular attention should initially be focused on firms that continue to hire large numbers of H-1B workers after conducting mass layoffs.

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The Desperate Job Seeker

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

By Chitra Reddy
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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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Tuesday, October 04, 2022

The Expendable White Male

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Back in 2004 AT&T layed off lots of inside and outside plant technicians, and replaced them with contracted techs. 

A friend who was an AT&T executive at the time called it a transition to a FLEXIBLE WORKFORCE.

THE CWA UNION WAS OK WITH THIS, and encouraged layed off members to apply for jobs with the contracting company - Tucker Technology - doing the same job they did at AT&T - at considerably less pay and benefits, but still represented by them.

TUCKER TECHNOLOGY, INC is a full service Information Technology firm with special emphasis on providing full-service Telecommunications and Information Technology solutions to our customers for Voice and Data applications

Today, the Tucker Technology website redirects to TTI-USA (Tucker Technology International I guess) that says:

TTI is a women & minority-owned 5G telecommunications installation company that utilizes staffing & supplier aggregation to expand the nation-wide 5G network.

I see so many minority-owned, minority-run, and EVEN THE EEO SELF IDENTIFICATION PAGE for government and contractor jobs lists minorites first.

The days of the white male dominated job market may be over.

In 2020 Time Magazine POINTED OUT:

White, non-urban, non-college educated men have the slowest wage growth in every demographic category.

That the majority of white men have benefited from almost none of this growth isn’t because they have lost income to women or minorities; its because they’ve lost it to their largely white male counterparts in the top 1 percent who have captured nearly all of the income growth for themselves. According to economist Thomas Piketty, men accounted for 85 percent of the top income centile in the mid-2010s - and while he doesn’t specify, these men are overwhelmingly white…

Thus, by far the single largest driver of rising inequality these past forty years has been the dramatic rise in inequality between white men.

It stinks that the gap between rich white men and all other white men is growing, - but if the point Time is making is that one percent are mostly white men - I agree.  But this isn’t a post about the one percent.  I see ads whose first bullet item is “must speak the local language.” For a job.  In the United States. 

A MAJORITY OF WHITE AMERICANS believe discrimination against white people exists in America today. Many believe its getting worse, even more prevalent than discrimination against black people. According to a Pew Research survey, 14 percent of white folks said being white holds them back from getting ahead.

In 2017 NPR WROTE

More than half of whites - 55 percent - surveyed say that, generally speaking, they believe there is discrimination against white people in America today.

“If you apply for a job, they seem to give the blacks the first crack at it,” said 68-year-old Tim Hershman of Akron, Ohio, “and, basically, you know, if you want any help from the government, if you’re white, you don’t get it. If you’re black, you get it.”

Add that to ageism for white male boomers that don’t have enough to retire, and the situation is as dire as when I ALMOST TOOK MY LIFE ten years ago.

2019

AS MANY AS 25,000 COMPLAINTS CLAIMING AGE DISCRIMINATION have been filed each year since 2008, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission… A work study conducted by AARP in 2017 found that age is the leading reason for negative treatment by an employer.

2021

THERE ARE SOME STARK DISPARITIES in both gender and race when it comes to SUICIDE. Men die by suicide 3.6 times more often than women, and the suicide rate is more than twice as high among Whites compared to African Americans or Asians and Pacific Islanders. The result? White men account for nearly 70% of suicide deaths.

The ENGERS VS AT&T LAWSUIT led to my first retirement kick in the face:

In 1997, AT&T converted its traditional defined benefit pension plan to a cash balance plan. As a result of the conversion, the accounts established for older participants were significantly less than the value of the accumulated annuities they had already earned under the old plan. The workers sued, claiming that the conversion discriminated against older workers and that AT&T executives knew that employees within seven years of retirement eligibility would not earn any additional pension benefits for several years… The bad news for those people who had their AT&T pensions cut from the cash balance transfer years ago - is they lost the 12 year court battle.

Over the years

WE’VE SEEN MANY LARGE CORPORATIONS choose to cut employee benefits whether that be pension, 401(k), or healthcare. Verizon created headlines all the way back in 2005 when they announced they would freeze their pension program.

[AT&T] Employees retiring after 2022 will be hit the hardest, as they will lose all medical coverage typically given to retirees. AT&T will no longer supplement monthly premiums for medical or dental.

Things like this may help explain the violence from so-called right-wing EXTREMIST groups of mostly white men like the ones President Trump coaxed to BREAKING IN to the Senate chambers last January.

THESE ARE GUYS that really think that they don’t matter in the world and have been tossed aside.

Some say it’s a conspiracy theory.

THERE IS A RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY theory called the great replacement, which says that white people are being overtaken by minorities and that this is going to cause a loss of rights for white people. It used to be on the fringe. Its been around a long time, but what’s special now is that that theory is embraced in full-throated fashion by major political leaders and also by major media figures. If you live in an area thats losing white population, you can start yourself to connect the dots to the spinning that’s going around with these narratives.

Not me.  Like I said before - even the SELF-IDENTIFICATION PAGE on job applications I fill out lately defaults to Hispanic or Latino.

I lost a central office tech position because of EEO QUOTAS in 1988, that saved a black guy’s job who had less seniority than me.  But I didn’t wind up hating black people.  It’s hard not to notice most techs were white men, and coming from BROOKLYN where just about everyone black was poorer than me and my mom - maybe they deserve a break.

IN THE BEST OF TIMES, many African American communities are forced to tolerate levels of unemployment unseen in most white communities. The 2001 recession pushed the white annual unemployment rate up from a low of 3.5% in 2000 to a high of 5.2% in 2003. During the same period, the black unemployment rate shot up from 7.6% to 10.8%. National recessions take African Americans from a bad situation to a worse one.

What I object to is the SYSTEM THAT CREATED THIS SEPARATION AND FRICTION, feeding hate and resentment between all workers. 

Today it’s WHITE MALES being shafted in the job market along with THE GIG ECONOMY bringing everyone down.  Before that TWO-TIERED PAY, before that the FLEXIBLE WORKFORCE with CONTRACTORS AND TEMPS, and the big ones going on since NAFTA - OFFSHORING and OUTSOURCING to cheap overseas labor that may have slowed down from COVID TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS, and the RUSSIA/UKRAINE WAR - but after that will probably pick up again.

Let’s remind ourselves again, in 2020 70% of suicides in America were WHITE MEN.

The rate of suicide is highest in middle-aged white men.

White males accounted for 69.68% of suicide deaths in 2020.

In 2020, men died by suicide 3.88x more than women.

Not to mention

SINCE 2000, the suicide rate in the United States has risen 35 percent, primarily because of the significant increase in such deaths among the WHITE population.

[T]he death rate among men tended to rise in cities where jobs were vanishing because of competition from cheap foreign goods.

In 2015

A STUDY released late last year by two Princeton academics, Anne Case and Angus Deaton, who won the 2014 Nobel prize for economics, revealed that the DEATH RATE FOR WHITE AMERICANS AGED 45 TO 54 has risen sharply since 1999 after declining for decades. The increase, by 20% over the 14 years to 2013, represents about half a million lives cut short.

What does my crystal ball think?

President Trump may come back STRONGER than ever in 2024 with promises of a new ARYAN world.

Remember these guys?

IN GERMANY, the Nazis promoted this false notion that glorified the German people as members of the “Aryan race,” while denigrating Jews, Black people, and Roma and Sinti (Gypsies) as “non-Aryans.”

But this fat, old white man, who isn’t happy with our system of rule, isn’t someone they’re looking for.

Nor would I want to be one.

We’re all human beings, and we ALL deserve a good life.

In 2011 OCCUPY WALL STREET was called A MOVEMENT TOO BIG TO FAIL, and I really thought it would be a defining moment in taking back our country from the OLIGARCHS and PLUTOCRATS that took over.

It wasn’t.

Then in 2020 we tried to roll out the President’s chair for America’s most loved politician - BERNIE SANDERS - who may have sold us out, and backed PRO CORPORATIST, REPUBLICAN LITE, FASCIST WANNABE Joe Biden - the same Joe Biden who WROTE ME in 2012 asking for a camapign donation after I asked to help the long-term unemployed - whose now our 46th President, throwing us into the WORST SUFFERING we’ve ever experienced.

I’m guessing a food crisis will lead fossils like me (and the poor, and the disabled, and anyone not FITTING the neo-fascist mold) into the gas chambers so the HARD WORKING Aryans have food.

IN MARCH 2022, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of a hurricane of hunger and a meltdown of the “global food system” in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine.

Guterres said food, fuel and fertiliser prices were skyrocketing with supply chains being disrupted and added this is hitting the poorest the hardest and planting the seeds for political instability and unrest around the globe.

Rember what the GEORGIA GUIDESTONES said

Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual BALANCE WITH NATURE.

Did you know

In many states, laws say that doctors can sterilize disabled people against their will. This is called forced sterilization. MOST STATES ALLOW FORCED STERILIZATION today. Laws allowing forced sterilization exist in 31 states plus Washington, D.C.... Sterilization is an operation that stops someone from ever having babies.

The only reason they may be keeping old people alive is because they’re big dollar signs to the drug and health care industries.

“In 2003, SENIORS IN MEDICARE MANAGED-CARE PLANS will pay an estimated $1,964 in average out-of-pocket expenses for health care, 10 percent more than last year and twice as much as four years ago.” (Marsha Gold and Lori Achman, Average Out-Of-Poket Health Care Costs for Medicare+Choice Enrollees Increase 10 Percent in 2003.” The Commonwealth Fund, August 2003).

Costs are expected to grow because scientists are continually discovering medicines to treat diseases of aging and people are living longer. The elderly population, now 36 million, is expected to reach 70 million by 2030. (Robert Pear, Prescription Drugs Now, Day of Reckoning Later, New York Times, 19 August 2003).

Today more dollar signs are waving at big pharma.

LECANEMAB is the first drug to help improve the symptoms of Alzheimers by slowing the disease. These are very promising results, although the only data we have at the moment is from the drugmaker’s PRESS ELEASE.

When famine is the issue, there may be a big fight between the companies that want to keep pill popping seniors alive, and goverment propaganzing there isn’t enouigh food for everyone - turning into a war between the young and the old.

And the old divide and conquer will go on like it always has.

IT IS AS IF millions of our fellow citizens have fallen asleep, as if they have become hypnotized and brainwashed by the powers-that-bes incessant managing and massaging of reality. These powers simply manipulate an already gullible and highly suggestible public into a game of “divide and conquer.” They get rich off of others’ blood - they incite conflict, and covertly support both sides, as they themselves reap the benefit of the conflict.

Chris Hedges PREDICTED last year:

The step from dysfunctional democracy to full blown fascism was, and will again be, a small one. The hatred for the ruling class, embodied by the establishment Republican and Democratic parties, which have merged into one ruling party, is nearly universal.

By next spring, following a punishing winter of rolling blackouts and months when families struggle to pay for food and heat, what is left of our anemic western democracy could be largely extinguished.

I’m convinced the “great replacement” isn’t a theory.

Does being a victim bring me closer to turning into SOME SORT OF FASCIST?

You know how Fascism WORKS:

In fascism, the dominant group are the greatest victims. The men are the greatest victims of encroaching feminism. Whites are the greatest victims of blacks. Germans are the greatest victims of Jews.

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White Ethnicities Are Being Replaced
The Western Tower of Babel Continues Its Collapse

By Paul Craig Roberts
May 19, 2024

What is happening in the US is happening everywhere in the Western world. As the empire itself is rotten, so must be its constituent parts.

In the US white parents have to take their kids out of public schools, because public schools are indoctrination centers where white kids are indoctrinated that they, their parents, and their relatives are racist exploiters of people of “color” and that they are born into the wrong body and need to be sterilized in order to escape the wrong gender, thus further reducing the white birth rate.

In Jean Raspal’s The Camp of The Saints, white Europeans are prohibited from marrying within their white ethnicity. In America’s edition of The Camp of the Saints, white youth are simply sterilized by sex change operations.

The American federal courts have set it up so that parents have no say about the sterilization of their children. Despite this ruthless tyranny, America thinks it is a free society, and conservatives chant “USA, USA, USA.” A country with a population this stupid cannot survive.

The website AXIOS SEEMS TO BLAME declining white public school enrollments not on the coerced indoctrination of white kids but on whites alleged desire for racial segregation. In other words, whites are racist for resisting propaganda that they are racists.

In a few years there will be no place in America for a white person. Their country has been stolen from them. White Americans are such second class citizens that they are not protected by the 1964 Civil Rights Act and are OPENLY discriminated against in employment. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that ignored the statutory language of the Civil Rights Act and imposed illegal and unconstitutional racial quotas to the disadvantage of white Americans, requires companies with 100 or more employees to report annually the racial composition of their work force. Bloomberg News obtained the data for 2020 and 2021 and found that 94% of the 323,094 new jobs created by the companies went to blacks. This constitutes discrimination against whites that goes far beyond coerced proportional representation.

White Americans have been discriminated against ever since Alfred Blumrosen broke the law in the 1960s and imposed discriminatory racial quotas. White Americans did nothing about their loss of constitutional protection. Consequently, after more than a half century of institutionalized racism against white Americans, white people cannot even get a job. In 2021 blacks comprised 12.6% of the population and got 94% of the new jobs. Whites comprised 59.3% of the population and got 4% of the jobs. BLOOMBERG NEWS seems to think that institutionalized racial discrimination against white people is a great achievement.

Whites were intimidated by charges that they are racists. They opposed racial quotas on the basis that it was abandonment of a merit-based system, not on their loss of constitutional protection. The 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause no longer applies to white people. Corporations (and universities and US military) can openly discriminate against white Americans and nothing is done about it.

The loss of Constitutional protection is the first step in extermination. The Biden regime and the ruling elites are determined to replace the white population. This is the reason for the US policy of open borders and the use of US of government tax revenues to recruit immigrant-invaders from 160 countries and fly them into red states. This is being done to Americans - and to Europeans - by THEIR OWN WHITE LEADERS, not by blacks or the Wests alleged enemies, the Russians, Chinese, and Iranians.

It is totally clear that the “refugee policy is a white replacement policy. And the moronic whites keep voting for those who are determined to replace them. The Democrat Party which is committed to white replacement is actually poised to become the dominant party.

How do we avoid the question whether people this stupid deserve their displacement?

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