If At First You Learn Nothing from the Los Angeles Unified School District

27 10 2014

Moline Acres

But hey, if it failed in the big failing school district, it’ll succeed in the small failing school district.

“It,” of course, was one of the things that the John Deasy, the recently sacked LAUSD super-nintendo, staked his reputation upon.  And it was a flop, for one very crucial reason.

Well, two crucial reasons.  I am told that LAUSD WiFi is catch as catch can, and “can” means not often.

Yes, Moline Acres, as in the Moline Creek, the one that runs through the heart of the Fergaza Strip.

How We Think When We’re Not Allowed to Think

25 10 2014

Fremont, California


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.

The Incredible Shrinking Linebacker

2 09 2014


St. Louis native Christian Kirksey should watch this movie.

ESPN needs to know:  Does a 14-inch tall linebacker shower with other guys on the team or all by himself?


Advertising, Marketing, Endorsing and Packaging By Dre

1 09 2014

I couldn’t quite figure out why these overly bass-loaded ghetto headphones are so popular.  Until I watched this.  They’re basically the Nike Jordan shoes of headphones.

Now I know what AAPL wants to buy this enterprise so badly.  They want street cred and a lot of social capital with the low information undertow, hoping that translates into higher sales of iThis and iThat and hoping that the iCabal’s ecosystem becomes a fad so that AAPL can finally beat Windows in the desktop/laptop space and get its mojo back versus Android in the phone space and hold back a gathering challenge from Android in the tablet space.

As for me and my little slice of the blogosphere, I’m just waiting for the first news story that crosses my Tweeter about some black killing another for his Beats by Dre headphones.  Because like I said, if I made a product, I would dread it becoming especially popular among ooks.

Customer Relations

19 08 2014


Well duh.

“Thank you Ferguson for rioting and creating a whole lot more traffic on Twitter.”


Hey Kids

8 07 2014

Silicon Valley

Wanna make thousands of dollars a month being a summer intern at a major tech firm?

Go get it!

Before you go, realize that you’re probably going to be an every waking hour two- to three-month captive to your internship, and you won’t make as much as a full time full year minimum wage worker does.  Even though your work will be worth far more to fill-in-the-blank SV firm than the relative peanuts they’re paying you.

And also, don’t get a guilty conscience or anything over the fact that you’re being used as human cannon fodder in SV firms’ maniacal desire not to hire native born white Americans over the age of 35 with wives and children, you know, the ones that actually want to get paid serious money for their work because they have the audacity to think that they should make enough money and benefits to sustain a household, a house of their own in a quality public school district.

Weakening the World

8 07 2014


Hide the wife and kids and bar the door.  Because Grover Norquist is thinking again.

He thinks big cities can turn red if Republicans get in front of the Uber/Lyft issues on the side of the disruptive innovations.

Just like big cities turned red because Republicans got out in front of the charter school question in favor of them.

Really, though, if you want to turn big cities red, you’d swap out their current predominant demographics for white families, and make it easy and affordable for white people to start families.  But ole Grover’s wee little brain infected with the egalitarian-libertarian virus will reject that out of hand.


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