Welcome to the Trump Depression!

Job-market: Packed & Desperate.
7 Hours in, and more than two hundred applications!
Entry-Level job, requiring BS, BA, or advanced degree in computer science… ans 10 years experience.
Apparently entry into the field requires a decade of experience in the field.

Now, whether or not you’re a supporter of Trump, whether or not you think he could have done anything to prevent the pandemic outbreak here in the U.S., one thing is clear: we are in a real live Depression. The economists and politicians will deny this, for the obvious reason that because  of the historical and psychological connotations make them fear that the downturn will self-reinforce on a downward spiral, crashing everything if they use the D-word. — And history will remember it as the Trump Depression because, even if everything was beyond his control, he was President when it happened.

Entry-Level job requiring BS in Mechanical Engineering… and 7–14 years experience.
Entry into the industry only takes 7–14 years experience!

A true assessment would likely reveal that 20082010 was a Depression, too — and I would argue that we never really recovered from 2008; I remember the job market around then, and it was a slow ramp-up, but that’s when we started to see the “Entry Level” jobs requiring prior experience, that’s when I saw the Computer Science and IT fields really start to require more experience in a technology than that technology had existed… that’s when the corporations made it plain that they not only desired H1Bs but preferred them over the Citizen.

You know what, screw a role: we want an entire department!
Since one technical person is the same as another, one guy can do EVERYTHING!! (Right?)

I remember 2011/2012, where it was common to hear people (especially employers) talk about how lucky someone was to have a job — and the mayhem that the Affordable Care Act caused, providing incentive for employers to drop hours rather than keep people full time. I remember job-hunting in 2015/2016/2017 and how job-postings for even the Entry Level jobs had gained requirements for 3-, 5-, 7-, and sometimes even 10-years: something rotten was going on — I believe it’s systemic H1B fraud, such that the HR departments in companies are gathering resumes from applicants to send back home, where their countrymen plagiarize the résumé and then be pushed by advocates in HR — and you would have to be a fool to think the economy was either healthy or strong.

Data-analyst 6-month contract.
We want a data-analyst who’s already experienced in what we do, and able to be a team leader… but only for six-months!

And now we have 2020: the businesses lost number in the tens of thousands, and they AREN’T coming back, despite what overly optimistic politicians claim — and 44 million unemployed out of an employment-population of 150–175 million (it varies due to seasonal employment) yields us an unemployment rate of 25.1–29.3% — and this is before people have gotten desperate.

Full-time front-desk job requires Master’s degree.
Ah, yes, the ever elusive Master’s degree in “Receptioneering”.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what’s going to happen: employers are going to inflate requirements, drop wages, cut benefits… and wait until people get desperate. They’ll use the phrase “you’re lucky to have a job!” again, and push for things like unpaid overtime, working off-the-clock, taking advantage of your ‘luck’ and fear of being replaced with someone more desperate and therefore more pliable.

1960 with a high-school diploma: “Here’s your job, which is totally capible of supporting an 5 person family and owning a home.” 1960 with a college degree: “Here’s a giant bag of money and a cadre of people to jerk you off for the rest of your life, congratulations.” 2017 with two bachelor’s degrees, a master’s, a trade and experience: “You might have to work at Wal-Mart for a while, at least you don’t live in Somalia or something………here’s an article by a Baby Boomer about why your generation is lazy.”
It’s even worse when you realize this is by design.

Recently [14-Jul-2020] Ivanka Kushner, President Trump’s daughter, announced a White House campaign “Find Something New” aimed at the unemployed which has been observed to be rather tone-deaf, if you’re feeling charitable this is the sort of cluelessness found in the story of Marie Antoinette where upon hearing the peasants were starving without bread exclaimed “Let them eat cake!”, or if you’re not feeling charitable it’s mean-spirited taunting akin to seeing a homeless man starving on the street and while eating biggest sandwich possible while exclaiming “Be well fed!” and then throwing the sandwich on the ground and grinding it underfoot. (It’s about apprenticeships in the U.S., but that’s putting the cart before the horse given the requirements on jobs.)

Entry-level, but must have senior-level skills… and be a great communicator!
We want Senior level talent and experience, but are only willing to pay Entry level wages!

Those of us who have been unemployed in the last five years know one thing that Ivanka and Donald Trump likely have absolutely no clue about: how utterly demoralizing and dehumanizing the modern job-hunt has become. Not only do most applications disappear into nothingness, thanks to Applicant Tracking Systems (ATSes) wherein you have to fill in your résumé’s data again and again, but when you finally do get an interview it often ends with someone saying something like “we’ll get back to you, whether or not we go with you or some other candidate”… and that’s the last you ever hear from them, and this happens even for interviews where you do very well.

Angular experience 5 years (preferred) vs Angular (initial release 3 years ago).
We require more experience with this technology than the length of time it’s existed!

Now here’s where the generational divide comes in: Boomers will say ‘just walk in, demand to see the hiring manager, look him in the eye and give him a firm handshake!’ oblivious to the fact that a lot of places don’t allow access to the hiring manager and force you to go through the ATS — Generation–X will tell you “it’s a number’s game, just keep applying and move on.” — Millennials know ATSes and how utterly broken they are, acting as a firewall against candidates, the scams corporations pull to hire ever more H1Bs, the ridiculousness of being simultaneously underqualified and overqualified and will offer you “good luck” but have no delusions that the job-seeking is anything close to a fair game.

Another entry-level job, requiring a decade of experience…
Do these people not realize “Entry Level” means entry into the industry, not their stupid company?

The answer is clear: in order to secure jobs for the citizens who are out of work, the U.S. must immediately cancel all ‘guest worker’ visas, deport all illegal immigrants, and let the citizens take those jobs — otherwise, if the U.S. will not take care of its own People… what use is it?

And that is why it is imperative that we seek to make the virtue of Justice a goal in government: without Justice, we fall apart — and it is because of injustice that God destroys nations.


Job-hunting — No reply. 77% of applications ignored.
One of my contacts saved the results of his job-hunt; the results tell you one indisputable thing: You are NOT alone.

Job-postings — That’s not a full-stack developer; that’s an entire IT department
Do they just pick random technologies and buzzwords until the job posting has some particular word-count?

The “Find Something New” Ad. And CBS’s take.
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Three Gorges Dam: A Modern Cautionary Tale.

Screenshot - 07052020There are reports that the Three Gorges Dam in China has failed: they have opened the ship-locks and are using that to disgorge water from the reservoir thereby relieving the pressure. This means that the dam cannot fulfill its function as a flood-control mechanism and the downstream cities are in danger of flooding.

River & Flood Profile

Even at the time of the dam’s construction there were concerns raised about the dam’s soundness, and there is some evidence (though not conclusive) that there was some fudging of the safety standards during that era.

 

07JUL20, China River Warning

Recently there were a few photos from Google-Earth or somewhere showing a deformed dam which was quickly stated to be artifacts of composing the scene together of several satellite-pictures. Whether or not there is deformation is almost immaterial if the ship-locks are opened, for that means that the cities downstream will certainly be flooded. — The loss of life will be enormous, no matter what the Chinese government does now, and the destruction will likely be staggering in its scope.

3 Gorges Dam Risk

Additionally, there are reports that China’s banking is under serious pressure: a Chinese company named Kingold, headquartered in Wuhan and specializing in gold processing and jewelry, took out a loan of about $2.8 Billion with pure gold as collateral… gold which turned out to really be copper with a thin coating of gold — and this is suspected true of 4% of China’s reserve gold, with some suspicions that it’s really much higher.
Those of you that watched the Chernobyl miniseries should spot a running theme here: lies cascading and interacting with reality snowballing into ever worse outcomes… without Truth, that’s where we are heading, it’s only a matter of time.

Mandate of Heaven

But we are not without hope here in the US, we can still turn to God through Jesus, and Do Justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.

2020 Presidential Run Announcement

Greetings everyone!
Today, on the first day of summer, I am announcing my candidacy for president. There are many things that I would like to do, but most all of them can be reduced to one overarching theme: bringing the virtue of Justice back to governance.

Stocks vs the Economy

The picture to the left is outdated, and the number of unemployed is closer to 40 million — and we have only begun to see the corporations attempting to take advantage of the desperation of the unemployed: you will soon see jobs that used to be $50k/yr offered at $30k/yr, the really nice $90k/yr jobs will be $52k/yr… even now, we’re seeing calls for “relaxing” (i.e. dropping) restrictions on foreign labor. (See: Temporary Changes to Requirements Affecting H-2A Nonimmigrants Due to the COVID-19 National EmergencyAll Employment Growth Since 2000 Went to Immigrants, & Cheap Labor Lobbyists: 40 Million in U.S. Out of Work Proof of ‘Worker Shortage’)

Job-huntingSo, like the Boomers that they are,  instead of making things more difficult for corporations using foreign labor and easier for employing citizens, they obviously push for foreign labor in their ridiculously myopic push for short-term gains. It’s almost like they’ve been bought by foreign interests, either directly or through the large corporations themselves… but that’s getting dangerously close to accusing them of Treason, isn’t it?

The meaning of racketeering activity is set out at 18 U.S.C. §1961. As currently amended it includes: • Any violation of state statutes against gambling, murder, kidnapping, extortion, arson, robbery, bribery, dealing in obscene matter, or dealing in a controlled substance or listed chemical (as defined in the Controlled Substances Act); • Any act of bribery, counterfeiting, theft, embezzlement, fraud, dealing in obscene matter, obstruction of justice, slavery, racketeering, gambling, money laundering, commission of murder-for-hire, and many other offenses covered under the Federal criminal code (Title 18); • Embezzlement of union funds; • Bankruptcy fraud or securities fraud; • Drug trafficking; long-term and elaborate drug networks can also be prosecuted using the Continuing Criminal Enterprise Statute; • Criminal copyright infringement; • Money laundering and related offenses; • Bringing in, aiding or assisting aliens in illegally entering the country (if the action was for financial gain); • Acts of terrorism.Then again, that would explain a lot of the government’s inaction regarding things like Google’s abuse of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, or the heavy usage of H1B by Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft… even when such actions should net them a nice RICO investigation.

I remember the government saying, for decades, that (a) the illegal alien population was 11 Million; and (b) that the yearly number of new illegal immigrants was about 1 Million — so, using the Dark Arts of Arithmetic we can see that 11 Million + 20 Million is 31 Million… so if we got rid of all the illegal aliens, we would clear up a huge portion of jobs for our unemployed citizens. — Now, I could be misremembering, as this 2018 study [PDF] puts the number at 22 Million, but either way that’s a lot of people that we could just deport and open up that many more jobs.

Economic oddity: Stocks versus Employment

Stocks vs the EconomyOver the past several weeks, we have seen the economic shutdown of much of the United States due to the Covid–19 virus and associated panics, from things like the ridiculous toilet-paper shortages to the initial 6 million initial unemployment claims that have risen to more than 20 million now.

All of that does raise concern, given that the 22 million is in excess of 12% of the working population of the US, and would lead one to think that massive stock drop-offs would follow… instead they have risen. Why?

The reason is simple: greed and corruption.

The initial round of firings mean that companies are no longer paying their pay and other payroll-related expenses, furthermore the government’s stimulus means that instead of making money off of some product or service they’re making money of merely existing. Moreover, as we see more and more of the results of the expedited CARES Act being revealed it becomes more and more apparent that instead of these monies going to actual small businesses, the funds are being directed by the banks to larger businesses that are heavily indebted to the banks themselves — in other words, the banks are bailing out the people who owe them money so that they can get that selfsame money instead of those companies having to go through bankruptcy.

What does this mean for you? I’m not an economist, nor am I particularly experienced in the wide world of business… but I can tell you that this seems to me like it will be, in reality, the reduction of a vast majority of people to a meager existence, depleting savings and undercutting wages while those who are connected reap the profits. I anticipate ever more manipulation of things like stock values as they become more and more divorced from reality. And, atop all of this, I anticipate more pushes for H1B (and similar) labor despite the existence of more than 12% of the labor-force being unemployed means that ‘STEM shortage’ claims are beyond ridiculous.

Petition Regarding the Dual-Citizenship of Public Officials

Russian Dual CitizensFor the past few years the mainstream media has been relating how Russia influenced the elections in favor of Donald Trump, costing Hillary the election, and while I have my own doubts as to the veracity of this narration it does bring up a valid point: foreign-influence on our elections is unacceptable. Indeed, foreign influence in our government itself should be highly scrutinized because of compromised loyalties.

Here’s a petition regarding dual-citizens within government, which is actually rather important. Important enough that the Constitution put an explicit requirement on the office of the President — “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President” — the reasoning here is obvious and, just as Jesus said in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other.

The threat they were concerned with, in particular, was someone with foreign loyalty obtaining the Constitutional appointment of the President to the role of Commander in Chief, and thus able to command the armies and navies in suppressing the people themselves. During the constitutional conventions they were debating on how to do this until John Jay sent a letter suggesting that “natural born Citizen” be the qualification for President.

Now, if this was (and still is) a concern for the President, an argument could be made that there is some concern to be had for the Congress and Judiciary as well — especially considering how much money is given to foreign nations while we are more than $20 Trillion in debt for the former, and how the latter seems rather antagonistic towards border sovereignty.

Here is the text of the petition:

Whereas dual citizenship introduces the possibility of divided loyalties we request that the citizenship statuses, current and past, of all Legislators, Executive Appointees, and Federal Judges be made public — all of whom are public officials, and whose day-to-day duties impact the People of the United States and all corporations in the United States.

Moreover, the “Emoluments Clause” (Art 1, Sec 9, Cl 8) clearly prohibits acceptance of presents or emoluments by foreign states to Officers of Profit or Trust, which all the aforementioned are, and the advantages conferred by foreign citizenship may well violate this clause, the purpose of which is clearly anti-corruption, and therefore should be available to public scrutiny to ensure such corruption does not exist.

And here is the link:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/dual-citizenship-public-officials-creates-conflicts-interest

Israel Dual CitizensThere’s an article I came across, with the mind-bendingly stupid title of “In Praise Of Dual Loyalty” (archived) which lauds fractured loyalties, claiming that it’s time to celebrate “the complexity of 21ST century identity” and conflates ‘loyalty’ and ‘love’ — ignoring that you can love someone and still dislike, even hate, them (anyone with siblings will understand) — trying to square the circle saying of a hypothetical Israeli-American war: “I would work for a moral resolution, whatever that means, whether by the victory of whichever side is right or by negotiation.”

While that sounds good, it is a blatant falsehood: no man can serve two masters. In that case the author would hold to one, and not the other, and likely in an emotional judgment side with whichever had its story out first. As Proverbs 18:17 says: “The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.” — But in such a case would the other side even get the chance to state their case? — Obviously one side or the other will strive to control the story and, if they assume control of the proverbial airways, will strive to prevent ‘the other’ from said cross-examination.

In any case, the question stands: Who are our leaders loyal to?

 

Edward Fish For Senate

Edward Fish For Senate

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I have recently decided to run for one of New Mexico’s seats in the US Congress.

Why should I be interested in supporting you?
My platform is very simple, consisting of only two or three* points:

  1. Constitutionalism: The Constitution for the United States should be treated as the supreme law of the land.
  2. Justice: Having a Just government is imperative not only to the peace and stability of the country, but to the legitimacy of the government itself.
  3. Anti-Corruption: It seems to me that a great many of our laws are optimized to foster and facilitate corruption (especially tax- and campaign-laws).

For these reasons my goals in the District of Columbia are to repeal and simplify many of the current Federal laws; to reign in abusive and out-of-control agencies like the NSA and their blatantly unconstitutional domestic espionage program; and to propose these constitutional amendments.**

Are you a Democrat or a Republican?
Both the Republican- and the Democrat-Party are all-talk and no action.

The Republican party bills itself as for government accountability and fiscal responsibility… yet what did they do in response to the NSA’s espionage program? Nothing. And when the Debt ceiling was reached, did they as-a-party push for expenditures to be cut rather than the debt ceiling to be increased? Nope.

Likewise the Democrat party bills itself as for the working-man… but did the Democrat party push against the H1B visa fraud scams that are so prevalent in the technology industry? Nope. And let’s not forget the collusion and conspiracy the party did to promote Hillary Clinton above Bernie Sanders.

So, which party are you running under?

I’ll run under whichever party will take me. — Given my platform I don’t imagine I’ll “make friends” in the Senate, precisely because a lot of people, even in the Senate, are benefiting from the current culture of corruption.



* — Justice and Anti-corruption could be considered the same thing.
** — Tax reform, balanced budget, term-limits, etc.