STEM the Tide of Immigration


From “The Fate of STEM PhDs (and More)” by Norm Matloff at Normsaysno:

My second item before turning to the NSF report is this job-seekers advice column by Laszlo Bock, Senior VP of People Operations (read “HR”) at Google. (I learned of this from an alert reader, thanks.) The advice itself is good, but rather at odds with the Google/Bock stance on the labor market. Bock writes

The toughest part is that for 15 years, I’ve continued to see the same mistakes [in re'sume's] made again and again by candidates, any one of which can eliminate them from consideration for a job. What’s most depressing is that I can tell from the resumes that many of these are good, even great, people. But in a fiercely competitive labor market, hiring managers don’t need to compromise on quality. All it takes is one small mistake and a manager will reject an otherwise interesting candidate.

Huh? Does Bock work for the same Google that insists there is a tech labor shortage, so severe that it must hire lots of H-1B visa workers? Indeed, Bock testified to Congress in support of expanding the H-1B program. In fact, in his testimony he talked about Google being in competition with other firms, here and abroad, for talented workers — a huge contrast to his statement above that even great workers are competing with each other for jobs, rather than employers competing to hire them.


Which brings me, at last, to the new NSF report. Keep in mind that the NSF has always been pro-H-1B, and it shows here: The press release headline reads, “Unemployment for Doctoral Scientists and Engineers Below National Average in 2013.” Wonderful! But definitely misleading, for a number of reasons. For example, those who bother to read the actual report will find that the NSF is counting someone as “employed” even if they are working just part-time.


I’ve often mentioned that a 1989 internal NSF report forecast (and spoke approvingly) that an influx of foreign doctoral students would keep PhD wages down, making doctoral study unattractive to Americans. That is exactly what has occurred, as noted in the congressionally-commissioned NRC report in 2001, and put bluntly by Cisco Systems Vice President for Research Douglas Comer: “…a Ph.D. in computer science is probably a financial loser in both the short and long terms, says Douglas Comer” (Science Careers, April 11, 2008).

If having a PhD doesn’t add much value in CS jobs, then why does the industry hire them? As noted, they actually don’t hire so many as they want the public to believe. But the answer also lies in another point I often make about the attractiveness of the H-1B visa to employers — the visa (coupled with sponsorship for a green card, typical in firms like Cisco, Google etc.) renders the worker IMMOBILE, a status of tremendous value, as the employer doesn’t want an engineer leaving for another firm in the midst of an urgent project. This is often pitched to employers by immigration attorneys as the advantage of hiring foreign students; the ad at the site should be required reading for anyone who wishes to understand the real dynamics of the H-1B visa and employer-sponsored green cards.

Supposedly there is a dire shortage of qualified STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) employees in this country. So dire, we are told, that there isn’t time to train more young people in those fields and we need to change our immigration laws so STEMs from other countries can come here and work. Or maybe it is that Americans are too stupid and/or lazy to get STEM degrees. Either way, WE MUST OPEN OUR BORDERS!!!

Except there is no shortage. If you are an older STEM employee you better not lose your job, because no one will hire you because, well . . . you’re old. So what if you got a degree and experience and shit? Nobody wants to work with someone who was born before Algore created the internet. You’re not hip and cool.

More importantly, those foreigners work cheaper, and if they give you any shit you can have them deported.

Immigration is a bipartisan issue – BOTH parties are lying to you. Seal up that border and the issue of raising the minimum wage will become moot because wages will automatically go up when workers become more scarce.

Best of all, sealing up that border doesn’t require more government regulation of business and building an effective fence will create “shovel ready” jobs for Americans.

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A Little Something To Brighten My Day


So I got a call yesterday from a friend. “Guess who’s in jail?” he said.

My Psycho Ex-Girlfriend was the answer. So I did a little research:

Date: 8/18/2014
Source: Merced
Arrested for:
11377(A) Possession of Controlled Substance
11378 Possess A Controlled Substance For Sale
211 Robbery
243(D) Battery W/Serious Bodily Injury
WARRANT Warrants Or Holds Only

I told you she was psycho.

This is an open thread.

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Show Me The Booty Open Thread

(This post has been retitled in honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day)

This has gotta be Sir Mix-A-Lot’s new favorite video.

In other news, I am adjusting to having the little ones underfoot. It’s been years since I had to deal with kittens. It’s been four days of eat, poop, play, sleep.

Tigger (Tig) is the affectionate one. He also talks the most. Taggart (Tag) is the timid one. Tucker (Tuck) is the explorer. They make me tired just watching them.

Molly (aka Catness) is slowly adjusting. She no longer hisses at them but she still won’t go near them. She mostly sits in my bedroom doorway to protect her turf.

It’s almost 2 a.m. so I’m going to be now.

Big glutes

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Nicolle Wallace is a Back-Stabbing Bitch

Mollie Hemingway:

The View From Hell: Nicole Wallace And Hostility To Conservative Women

For a long time before I became a reporter, I never paid attention to bylines — the announcement of who wrote a given article. That all changed for me one day when I was sitting at Jimmy T’s Diner in Washington, D.C., reading a hate-filled “fashion” column that was nothing more than the projection of angry liberal political views. It was so awful that I wanted to know who wrote it. The author, Robin Givhan, of course went on to win a Pulitzer. I’m part of a profession that rewards liberal political views above most all else.

Along similar lines, the woman who made me pay attention to the names of political operatives is Nicole Wallace. Her behavior of simultaneously serving as Sarah Palin’s aide while dishonestly sabotaging her to a gleeful liberal media was so disloyal, self-aggrandizing and despicable that I decided to write her name down so I would remember to be wary of anyone who ever hired her.

Nicole Wallace was recently hired by The View, a talk show that tends to feature three or four super-liberal hosts and then, supposedly, one conservative one. That’s always been a silly model, considering how unfair a fight it is and how it “others” conservative women despite the fact that we exist in the same percentages as liberal women.

But the notion that Nicole Wallace could serve in this role is laughable and speaks to how completely out of touch with reality the producers of The View are. Of course, they also brought back a host who believes that fire can’t melt steel, so they’re not known for their grasp of reality.

Let’s get the Nicole Wallace business out of the way. Basically there were two staffers on the John McCain for President campaign back in 2008 that leaked unhelpful information to pliant media like broken sieves. If various accounts are to be believed, these individuals were Steve Schmidt and Nicole Wallace. You can look at some of the evidence for those now-widely accepted claims here. Stuff like:

In a nutshell, the controversy centers on this sentence from the VF profile: “Some top aides worried about her mental state: was it possible that she was experiencing postpartum depression? (Palin’s youngest son was less than six months old.)”

Now, I’ve been around enough campaign operatives to know that at some point on flailing campaigns, many of them start worrying about whether they’ll be blamed for the results of the election. So they start positioning themselves as smarter, better, wiser, whatever, than everyone else, most importantly the candidates themselves. There is nothing new about this.

But the McCain-Palin campaign was known for taking this to astronomically ridiculous levels. Doing stuff like, oh, I don’t know, personally purchasing expensive clothing for the VP candidate and then claiming it was all the VP’s idea. Or suggesting that the candidate had post-partum depression. Or completely failing to prepare a candidate for interviews and then suggesting that the candidate was the problem. You know, that kind of positioning that goes light years beyond normal positioning. If the leakers had spent a fraction as much time doing decent jobs as they spent talking crap, well, John McCain still would have probably lost. But either way, what reprehensible behavior for campaign aides.

I tried to find a title for this post that really captured my true feelings. Dick Morris is one of my least-favorite people. He used to be a political consultant working for Bill Clinton, but for nearly twenty years now he has made a career out of dishing dirt on Bill and Hillary. He’s been doing that ever since he got canned in the middle of Bill’s 1996 reelection campaign for cavorting with a toe-sucking hooker.

Even so, at least Morris waited until the election was over to turn on his client. Former GOP campaign consultants Nicolle Wallace and Steve Schmidt began dishing alleged dirt on Sarah Palin during the campaign, and both of them have made new careers out of bashing Republicans in general and Sarah Palin in particular ever since.

After what they did to Sarah Palin nobody in their right mind would hire either of them to run a campaign, so now they get paid to talk trash about the people they used to work for. And they do this while presenting themselves as conservative Republicans.

They are quislings – one of the lowest forms of life on earth. Respectable people should have nothing to do with scum like that.

The hiring of Nicolle Wallace as a co-host of The View makes me wish I was a regular viewer so I could stop watching in protest. But since I never watch the show anyway I doubt that ABC gives a rat’s ass what I think.

I guess I’ll just have to wait for karma to catch up to her.

I made a sign

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz vs. The Bus

Copy of METH

The vipers are fanging each other:

Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most.

Long-simmering doubts about her have reached a peak after two recent public flubs: criticizing the White House’s handling of the border crisis and comparing the tea party to wife beaters.

The perception of critics is that Wasserman Schultz spends more energy tending to her own political ambitions than helping Democrats win. This includes using meetings with DNC donors to solicit contributions for her own PAC and campaign committee, traveling to uncompetitive districts to court House colleagues for her potential leadership bid and having DNC-paid staff focus on her personal political agenda.

She’s become a liability to the DNC, and even to her own prospects, critics say.

“I guess the best way to describe it is, it’s not that she’s losing a duel anywhere, it’s that she seems to keep shooting herself in the foot before she even gets the gun out of the holster,” said John Morgan, a major donor in Wasserman Schultz’s home state of Florida.

The stakes are high. Wasserman Schultz is a high-profile national figure who helped raise millions of dollars and served as a Democratic messenger to female voters during a presidential election in which Obama needed to exploit the gender gap to win, but November’s already difficult midterms are looming.

One example that sources point to as particularly troubling: Wasserman Schultz repeatedly trying to get the DNC to cover the costs of her wardrobe.

In 2012, Wasserman Schultz attempted to get the DNC to pay for her clothing at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, multiple sources say, but was blocked by staff in the committee’s Capitol Hill headquarters and at President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign headquarters in Chicago.

She asked again around Obama’s inauguration in 2013, pushing so hard that Obama senior adviser — and one-time Wasserman Schultz booster — Valerie Jarrett had to call her directly to get her to stop. (Jarrett said she does not recall that conversation.) One more time, according to independent sources with direct knowledge of the conversations, she tried again, asking for the DNC to buy clothing for the 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.?

Wasserman Schultz denies that she ever tried to get the DNC to pick up her clothing tab. “I think that would be a totally inappropriate use of DNC funds,” she said in a statement. “I never asked someone to do that for me, I would hope that no one would seek that on my behalf, and I’m not aware that anyone did.”

Tracie Pough, Wasserman Schultz’s chief of staff at the DNC and her congressional office, was also involved in making inquiries about buying the clothing, according to sources. Pough denies making, directing or being aware of any inquiries.

But sources with knowledge of the discussions say Wasserman Schultz’s efforts couldn’t have been clearer. “She felt firmly that it should happen,” said a then-DNC staffer of the clothing request. “Even after it was explained that it couldn’t, she remained indignant.”

This story is based on interviews with three dozen current and former DNC staffers, committee officers, elected officials, state party leaders and top Democratic operatives in Washington and across the country.

Many expect a nascent Clinton campaign will engineer her ouster. Hurt feelings go back to Spring 2008, when while serving as a co-chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign, Wasserman Schultz secretly reached out to the Obama campaign to pledge her support once the primary was over, sources say.

Poor Debbie, she never saw it coming. The first time you get thrown under the bus is always the most traumatic.

I love the delicious irony of the part about Debbie trying to get the DNC to pay for her wardrobe. Sarah Palin must be chortling with glee over that news.

Sorry Debbie, but karma’s a bitch.

This is an open thread.


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What A Fool Believes

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Some people on the right will tell you that Obama is a socialist. Others say he’s a closeted Muslim. There are people on the left that claim he’s a conservative. Obama’s supporters think he’s a genius. His detractors believe he’s an idiot.

So what does Obama really believe?

Well first of all, he is NOT a Muslim. Yes, he went to a madrassa for a few years as a child and learned a few verses from the Qur’an, but that doesn’t make him a Muslim anymore than going to a Catholic school makes you a Christian.

Speaking of which, he’s not a Christian either. Obama only went to church in order to ingratiate himself into the black community in Chicago. He learned to talk the talk, but he never walked the walk.

There is no evidence that religion of any kind has ever had a significant influence on Barack Obama. He is his own higher power. There is no God but Barack and Obama is His Prophet.

As far as political ideology he is a mess, which is why it is so hard to pin him down.

Obama spent most of his life marinating in far-left ideology. His mother, grandfather and family friend Frank Marshall Davis began his indoctrination, and his friends in Chicago continued it. But he isn’t really a socialist.

Barack Obama isn’t an authentic African American. If you don’t believe me ask Bobby Rush. Obama is biracial, but his father was African, not African American, and Obama was raised in Hawaii and Indonesia by his white mother and white grandparents. He grew up about as far away from African American culture as it is possible for any American to get.

As a young man Obama liked to portray himself as an exotic semi-foreigner. He falsely claimed that his father was an African prince. He emphasized his years in Indonesia. He quit going by Barry and began calling himself Barack (which he pronounced “Ba-ruch”). He wore a sarong and listened to jazz instead of pop music. He dated white women almost exclusively. His friends were white or Pakistani.

Obama’s first real experience with the African American community came during his time as a “community organizer” in Chicago. He had always had political ambitions but no real political connections. Then Harold Washington surprised everyone by winning the election for Mayor of Chicago.

Barack Obama was hired to help organize the black community in Chicago’s South Side to reelect Washington. Obama had no real connection to Chicago other than Frank Marshall Davis who had lived there in the 1940’s and early 1950’s. Obama was working in NYC at some job writing a monthly news letter analyzing foreign investments. He says he saw an ad for a job as a community organizer and applied.

None of Obama’s memoirs or campaign materials mention getting Harold Washington reelected as Obama’s primary purpose. This is the official story:

Two years after graduating, Obama was hired in Chicago as director of the Developing Communities Project, a church-based community organization originally comprising eight Catholic parishes in Roseland, West Pullman, and Riverdale on Chicago’s South Side. He worked there as a community organizer from June 1985 to May 1988.[31][33] He helped set up a job training program, a college preparatory tutoring program, and a tenants’ rights organization in Altgeld Gardens.[34] Obama also worked as a consultant and instructor for the Gamaliel Foundation, a community organizing institute.[35]


Obama entered Harvard Law School in the fall of 1988.

Washington was elected mayor in 1983 and spent most of his time in office battling power with the infamous Daley Machine. The guys who hired Obama were Washington supporters. GOTV efforts in the predominantly black South Side were essential to winning that struggle. Then in November 1987 Washington died unexpectedly. Obama quit his job as a community organizer in May 1988 and in the fall of that year he entered Harvard Law School. Do the math.

By the time he left for law school Obama had learned two important things: The Alinsky Method and the cultivation, use and value of connections. He had already made important and influential connections in Chicago, including the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

While at Harvard Obama discovered Critical Race Theory and became the first President of the Harvard Law Review to never publish anything. He graduated, returned to Chicago, and began his political career in earnest. Every move he has made since his return to Chicago was connected to his political ambitions, including his marriage to Michelle Robinson.

Perhaps the single biggest influence in Barack Obama’s life were the years he spent at Punahou School in Hawaii. His attendance at the school and his grandmother’s upper-middle class income allowed young Barry to become a charter member of the elite One Percent Club.

Despite his claims to the contrary, Barack Obama has never been poor. Things may have been a little tight around the budget when he was very young, but that was because his mother was a student at the University of Hawaii. They were never homeless and Barack never missed a meal. Besides, how much could he really remember about those years anyway?

After his mother married Lolo Soetoro and they moved to Indonesia, Obama lived a solid middle-class lifestyle even by American standards. By Indonesian standards they were practically wealthy. This was the late Sixties when there wasn’t nearly as much stuff to buy as there is today.

By the time Obama moved back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents his grandmother (Madeline Dunham) had become a vice-president at the Bank of Hawaii and his grandfather was a supervisor at a major furniture store. That gave them the money and connections to pay for Barack to attend the fanciest prep school in the 50th State.

Barack Obama may have been the poorest kid at Punahou School, but that’s like being the poorest member of the Beverly Hills Country Club. You’re still a member.

Punahou School is where the children of Hawaii’s rich and shameless go to get an education. This gave Barry a peek at la dolce vita of the wealthy and privileged. This is where the real Obama emerges.

Barack Obama is a Bourgeoisie Socialist.

Conservative or Bourgeois Socialism was a term used by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in various pieces (including in the Communist Manifesto).

The Marxian view is such that the bourgeois socialist is the sustainer of the current state of bourgeois class relations. Opinions vary as to whether this or that bourgeois socialist intentionally is excusing the current order but the common thread is that they are, in objective fact, preserving it.

In this class Marx explicitly referenced Proudhon’s The Philosophy of Misery, stating:

“ The Socialistic bourgeois want all the advantages of modern social conditions without the struggles and dangers necessarily resulting therefrom.

He talks the (watered-down) talk of socialism, but he walks the walk of the elite capitalist class. He bashes wealth while hobnobbing with the richest people in the country. He attacks privilege with his words, while enjoying all its benefits for himself.

This explains his popularity with the so-called “creative class” and Occupy Wall Street types. They are spoiled children of wealth and privilege using their shiny new iPhone 6’s to bemoan the evils of capitalism while sipping pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks.

Barack and Michelle Obama are not unique. The modern left is infested with what Victor Davis Hanson calls “Egalitarian Grandees“:

From academia to the Sierra Club, elite progressives expect to live lives that are quite different from what they envision for the less sophisticated.

The rest of Obama’s ideology is a patchwork of conflicting ideas shrouded by political opportunism. He smoked pot and used cocaine but he opposes the legalization of marijuana. He was against gay marriage before he was for it. He takes money from oil companies but he opposes new oil drilling. He supports civil liberties while spying on Americans.

So what does Obama really believe about all the various social issues? He believes whatever is convenient for him to believe at any given moment. But it really doesn’t matter what he believes because he also does whatever is most convenient for him at that moment without a second thought.

There are some basic liberal ideas that he generally supports (like gay marriage) but not enough to take any political risks over. That’s because he believes that what is good for Obama is good for America.

Ambition, greed and narcissism are the controlling elements of Obama’s personality. Everything he thinks, says and does is run thru that filter. They even overrule his political judgment. That’s why he insists on going golfing despite the criticism it causes.

Obama’s narcissism outshines everything else. He drinks his own Koolaid. When he says he is smarter than his advisors he really believes it. He actually thinks he is a messianic figure who was destined to change the course of history.

“A confidence man knows he’s lying; that limits his scope. But a successful shaman ropes himself first; he believes what he says — and such belief is contagious; there is no limit to his scope.”
– Jubal Harshaw (Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land)

Coming Soon: The Roots Of Obama’s Goofy Foreign Policy


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Totally Awesome Open Thread


Because the last one is full, dude!

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