This is my second blog.

My first blog chronicled my experiences over three years caring for my dad as he lived through and finally died from Alzheimer's. That is the book that is for sale.

This second blog kind of chronicles of life, what it is like to start your life over in your late 50's. After caretaking, you are damaged, file bankruptcy, and the world doesn't care what you did. After 8 months of unemployment, you wake each day knowing the world doesn't want you. Finally you do find a job, 5 weeks before homelessness, but doing what you did 30 years ago and getting paid what you did 30 years ago. So this is starting over.

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Anyone catch the piece by the CEO of Gallup polling this week?


Basically, the unemployment numbers are fudged and have been fudged for years.  But instead of some lonely voice in the night blogger or nutty conspiracy believer writing it out with all the facts, now we have the CEO of largest polling company in the world saying it and proving it.

This quote sums up a lot:
"defines a good job as 30+ hours per week for an organization that provides a regular paycheck. Right now, the U.S. is delivering at a staggeringly low rate of 44%, which is the number of full-time jobs as a percent of the adult population, 18 years and older. We need that to be 50% and a bare minimum of 10 million new, good jobs to replenish America's middle class."

Did a little research and 20 years ago that figure was in the low 60's.  Now consider the other information out recently that just about all the 18,000,000 jobs created in the past ten years have gone to foreigners, not Americans.  And another story that shows the WH has been backdooring work vistas to illegal aliens whom, by law, can't have said work vistas, but why let law interfere with the president's wishes.

Are you a native american, not necessarily an indian, but including them, anyone born in the USA?  We are being hosed.  It's bad enough the tax burden on us is twice what it was in the early 1980's, it's bad enough that the a dollar in the early 80's is worth less than 50 cents today, but our government, corporations, legal system, banking systems are all designed to suck us dry and then job creation goes to illegal aliens.

But, I must be crazy, we have a labor shortage and need highly trained foreigners to fill all the jobs?  That our H-1B program is designed to fill that void?  Now pay close attention to this section of the H-1B:

2) Working Conditions: The employer attests that H-1B, H-1B1 or E-3 foreign workers in the named occupation will not adversely affect the working conditions of workers similarly employed. The employer further attests that nonimmigrants will be afforded working conditions on the same basis, and in accordance with the same criteria, as offered to U.S. workers. See 20 CFR 655.732.

So, how is this being use?  Ask the formerly 1800 employees of Southern California Energy IT Department who are facing massive layoffs next month after spending the last 8 months training their replacements, all subcontract people from India working for Infosys and Tata.

Now, this is great.  This is a great example of business psychobabble that should be engraved in a bronze casting of bullshit:

SCE said the transition to Infosys and Tata "will lead to enhancements that deliver faster and more efficient tools and applications for services that customers rely on. Through outsourcing, SCE's information technology organization will adopt a proven business strategy commonly and successfully used by top U.S. companies that SCE benchmarks against."

Now, read between the lines.  SCE figured out that instead of paying an american technical working 60k a year or more in salary, plus health benefits, plus SS/MED, plus pensions or matching, they could hire Infosys who will charge SCE 48,000 for each employee, cover the benefits and pass on the savings to the customers in lower rates.

Wait, scratch that last line, I got carried away.

The full article is here:


Now, understand, this is in direct violation of the law, but they are getting away with it because they are lining the pockets of representatives.  And forcing the workers to train the people who will be replacing them is the corporate equivalent of making someone dig their own grave before you kill them.

What a mess we've created.  The free love end the war live for today baby boom generation have become everything they accused the older generations of being times 10; they cried freedom and gave us socialism.  They rejected capitalism and brought us fascism.  They rallied against a war and we now have perpetual wars with no end to fatten the balance sheets of Wall Street.

Lies lies and more lies.  Our freedoms, our security, our futures have all been bought and sold while we sit in front of 5 by 6 foot flat panel televisions made overseas and drift off to oblivion.

Oh, how sadly sound the songs, the queen must sing of dying
A prisoner upon her throne of melancholy sighing
If she could see her mirror now
She would be free of those who bow
And scrape the ground beneath her feet

Silently she walks among her dying midnight roses
And watches as each moment goes that never really know us
And so it seems she doesn't care
If she has dreams of no one there
Within the shadows of her room

But all my frozen words agree and say it's time to
Call back all the birds I sent to
Fly behind her castle walls and I'm
Weary of the nights I've seen
Inside these empty halls