How We Think When We’re Not Allowed to Think

25 10 2014

Fremont, California

Engadget:

Bay Area tech company caught paying imported workers $1.21 per hour

Ever heard of Electronics for Imaging? We hadn’t either until this morning, but it’s apparently a multimillion dollar, multinational, public corporation based out of Fremont, California. And the United States Department of Labor just caught EFI red-handed in an investigation, which found that “about eight employees” were flown in from India to work 120-hour weeks for $1.21 per hour. EFI apparently thought it was okay to pay the employees the same wages they’d be paid in India (in Indian rupees). Here’s the unbelievably crazy sounding quote EFI gave to NBC’s Bay Area affiliate: “We unintentionally overlooked laws that require even foreign employees to be paid based on local US standards.”

Just so we’re clear: is there anyone reading this who doesn’t know that any person working in the United States is legally required to be compensated according to United States laws?

Alberto Raymond, an assistant district director with the US Department of Labor told NBC, “It is certainly outrageous and unacceptable for employers here in Silicon Valley to bring workers and pay less than the minimum wage.” And that applies to EFI especially, which posted just shy of $200 million in revenue in its last financial quarter. EFI is publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange, and the company’s in the business of computer peripherals (mainly printer-based stuff).

The eight employees are being paid $40,000 in owed wages; they were reportedly installing computer systems at the company’s headquarters. EFI was charged $3,500 — yes, seriously — for being at fault.

When the truth is off limits and taboo, people have no choice but to construct increasingly stupid and unstable conceptual frameworks to explain what they see and the world around them.

Officially, the offending element of this story is the fact that “Electronics for Imaging,” and I’m presuming it’s some sort of Infosys-style body shop, paid people well under the minimum wage.

Reality check:  Even if they would have paid these people the California minimum wage ($9 an hour), I think this would still be scandalous news.  Nine clams an hour in an expensive place like the Bay Area might as well be the same as $1.21 an hour.

The real scandal is mass immigration (legal aliens with legal immigrant visas, in this case, the H-1B) being used as a weapon to drive down the wage-salary equilibrium to transfer wealth from the employee class to the employer class.  Without that, this work in Fremont, California would be getting done by paying native born white American high IQ high credential and maybe also high experience CSIT people very high salaries and wages, and I can assure you that such a wage-salary equilibrium would be far far far far higher than $9 an hour.

But we can’t talk about immigration as economic warfare against the employee class, because we can’t talk about immigration.  And we can’t talk about immigration, especially when it has racial implications, because fascist Nazi six million Jews.  So what do we do?  We talk about it in the irrelevant economic terms of artificial price floors.





“Peaceful”

25 10 2014

Shaw

They’re called “Ferguson” protesters, but this took place at Grand and 44, which means the Shaw neighborhood, which means St. Sandwich of Ham, not his distant cousin GENTILIVUS GIANTIVUS.

About the taller building in the background: It could be looking south which means SLU Med ABI, or looking north, which means the Salus Center, the old Incarnate Word Hospital, which now hosts, among other things, ironically enough, SLU Med School’s Social Justice Institute.

 





Blogmeister Echo Syndrome

24 10 2014

Norfolk, Virginia

Two Old Dominion University professors demonstrated that fraudulent voting by non-citizens (either legal aliens or illegal aliens) very well could have been the decisive leverage in elections in the very recent past, and the implication is that they could do the same this year.

Blogmeister Echo Syndrome:

We also find that one of the favorite policies advocated by conservatives to prevent voter fraud appears strikingly ineffective. Nearly three quarters of the non-citizens who indicated they were asked to provide photo identification at the polls claimed to have subsequently voted.

Like I’ve been saying, photo ID requirements to vote will prevent very little voter fraud.

Also like I’ve been saying very recently, these kinds of shenanigans are merely the predictable consequences of democratic republicanism.  Institutions are true to their principles, and if democracy and voting is sacrosanct, then it follows that more and more people must be allowed to vote.  So what if they’re not really citizens, or even alive?  So what if the person never actually existed?  So what if the person has already actually voted today?  So what if the voter is actually a dog?  Democracy is democracy.  Denying dead dogs the right to vote eight times in one day is voter suppression, and is an unpardonable sin to the Gods of Democracy.

Think I’m being facetious?  Read further down in this article:

Our research cannot answer whether the United States should move to legalize some electoral participation by non-citizens as many other countries do, and as some U.S. states did for more than 100 years, or find policies that more effectively restrict it. But this research should move that debate a step closer to a common set of facts.

My solution is a lot more simple:

Democratic republicanism is dead.  Long live the king.

 

 





Vandals Sack Rome

23 10 2014

Fairview Heights

Okay, it wasn’t that serious.

It was more like Bell Curve City goes shopping.

But we can’t talk about that, because hands up, cigarillos, ham sandwiches, gentle giants, or something like that.





Daddy’s Not Coming Home

23 10 2014

Hamilton, Ontario

Cirillo Memorial Hamilton





World’s Worst Dad

23 10 2014

Florissant

goodwin

Seventeen quickie mart robberies.

Four previous prison stretches, one of which was originally a 22-year bid.

Charlie Dooley’s son.

How does a son of Charlie Dooley not have the surname Dooley?





St. Louis Is About to Blow Again

23 10 2014

Shaw

We’re coming up on what will be five days in a row of warmer than usual late October weather.

And the first autopsy of St. Vonderrit, Sir Sandwich of Ham, just came in, and at least from it, the circumstances are questionable.

Which means the undertow is going to be fired up and their white leftist fellow travelers will help light the matches.

Be careful out there.








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