Archive for September, 2012

Software Shortage Threatens America!!!

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Or so says Microsoft. The Hill reports:

“Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel and executive vice president, said at a press briefing that the lack of qualified job applicants is “approaching the dimensions of a genuine crisis” for tech companies.”

Have you ever seen a software shortage due to a lack of programmers? Have you ever seen the shelves bare in the App Store? Or in Google Play? Have you ever had trouble finding a free plugin for WordPress?

Not hardly, right?

As a coder myself, I can tell you that I am flabbergasted by the amount of software that we produce. Everywhere I look, there is a massive tidal wave of new software. Let me tell you, it’s quite intimidating when trying to think of new products.

And what about tech start-up companies? Is there a shortage of them? Are investors clamoring for more Groupon’s (GRPN) to IPO at $25 and then plunge to $5?

I don’t think so.

In fact, you could go so far as to say that the recent plethora of spectacular tech IPO flops is proof that we have too many programmers.

So what is Microsoft carrying on about? Nothing special. Just the same old drum beat for more cheap labor – especially labor of the H1-B indentured-servitude variety.

Further reading: “Professor Norm Matloff’s H-1B Web Page.
Further reading: “The Problem with Marc Andreessen.

Roll the Tanks!

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Is it just me, or is Larry Kudlow eager to drive tanks over Chinese workers?

At the 1:05 mark of the video below, Kudlow asks his guest:

“At what point, if these internal company riots continue, does the Chinese government crack down with Tienanmen Two, or 2.0, or 3, or whatever? At what point does the Chinese government crack down?”

What kind of person is a Tienanmen Square Massacre fan?

And Kudlow seems to yearn for a whole series of massacres. Using a software nomenclature, “2.0”, implies that Kudlow is yearning for improved massacre methods. Like a giddy fan boy, he’s drooling over the prospect of sexy new slaughtering methods. Maybe the tanks will have special “gore scoopers” to clear away bodies more efficiently. Maybe the tanks will come in multiple colors. OMG! I can’t wait! I will stand in line all night!

The funny thing is that at the time, we didn’t even know what caused the riot. Today, DigiTimes reported:

“Foxconn said it will also ensure its duties relating to employee welfare are implemented and it will make over-time payments as promised.”

Looks like those workers had a good reason to riot after all.

Note to Kudlow: What do you have to say about that? Or do you condone the practice of “wage theft”?

DigiTimes also reported that Foxconn will “strengthen their patrols” and “work to pacifying their subordinates.”

Has Donald Rumsfeld been appointed CEO of Foxconn?

And no, the multinationals will not pull production out of China. They have the same attitude that Kudlow does: militarized production is a feature, not a bug.

Throw a Net Over Jeff Macke

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Jeff Macke thinks that because of in-shoring:

“..the U.S. is about to see an explosion in the number of middle class jobs.”

Why? Because globalization is driving up wages all over the world. Unfortunately, Mr. Macke has swallowed the globalist propaganda hook, line, and sinker. The only “explosion” there’s going to be is *of* the middle class.

In fact, a recent Wall Street Journal article reported that Foxconn monthly basic pay is ¥1,800 ($1.78 per hour) – still far below US minimum wage, and light-years from a middle-class wage.

In-shoring might be the most over-hyped story in history when you consider that in-shored factories are about as common as purple unicorn sightings. And when the odd plant does come back, this is what happens:

“GE returned production of its energy-efficient water heaters to Louisville after a new labor deal cut union workers’ starting hourly salaries to $13 from as high as $24.”

And no, Mr. Macke, $13 per hour doesn’t get you into the middle class. Our “Jobs Czar” created working-class jobs at that plant.

Note to globalists: Stop trying to rationalize your failed ideology. It’s time to man-up and admit that you were wrong; that globalization has destroyed the middle class.

An “Arab October” for Saudi Arabia?

Friday, September 21st, 2012

If there is one thing that could sink the stock market and President Obama, it’s an Arab Spring revolt in Saudi Arabia. DEBKAfile is reporting:

“King Abdullah faces a Muslim Brotherhood ultimatum to announce before the end of September his acceptance of constitutional rule and democratic elections or go down under an Arab Spring insurrection.”

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Nailed It: Pentagon Shuns Afghans

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

On Sunday, September 16, 2012, I wrote:

“In Afghanistan, these sorts of attacks are frequent because the Taliban infiltrated Afghan security forces years ago. They are “inside the wire” and know plenty about what we are doing.”

Two days later, BANG!

US Suspends Most Joint Operations with Afghan Forces.”

Has there ever been a more prescient feat in the history of blogging? I think not. But enough about me.

This news crystallizes a spectacular failure in nation-building. That’s the bad news. The good news is that our troops are going to be a lot safer, provided that they also isolate themselves from Afghan workers. While it might be the Taliban in an Afghan army uniform that pulls the trigger, it’s the nice Pashtun lady who empties the commander’s wastebasket that provides the enemy’s intel.

Maybe one day we will end this corporate welfare program. If the multinationals want to exploit Afghan resources, let them pay the pacification costs themselves and leave us taxpayers out of it.