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Sat Dec 24, 2011, 08:59 AM

Google's fucking Eric Schmidt should change his name to Scrooge for the holidays (rant) [View all]

ERIC SCHMIDT: We Don't Talk About Occupy Wall Street In The Valley Because We Don't Have Those Problems

http://www.businessinsider.com/eric-schmidt-we-dont-talk-about-occupy-wall-street-in-the-valley-because-we-dont-have-those-problems-2011-12#ixzz1hSWvUcOk



Google chairman Eric Schmidt says that people in Silicon Valley don't talk about the concerns of the 99% because a lot of them are immune to those concerns.

He told Brad Stone at BusinessWeek, "Occupy Wall Street isnít really something that comes up in daily discussion, because their issues are not our daily reality."

He also said "We live in a bubble, and I donít mean a tech bubble or a valuation bubble. I mean a bubble as in our own little world.... Companies canít hire people fast enough. Young people can work hard and make a fortune. Homes hold their value."

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The unemployment rate in Santa Clara County, the heart of Silicon Valley, is 9.5% -- more than a point higher than the U.S. rate. It peaked near 12% in Jan. 2010, and has been consistently higher than the U.S. rate ever since the 2008 collapse. (You can check rates yourself using Google's public data service.)



He really does live in his own little world. Here's an article on poverty in Santa Clara from 2008:

Struggling to make it in Silicon Valley
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/south_bay&id=6529932



In Santa Clara County, 25 percent of families do not meet the self-sufficiency standard, United Way of Silicon Valley CEO Carole Leigh Hutton said.

"That jumps to 40 percent if you just look at single head of households, 40 percent of female heads of households don't make ends meet," Hutton said.




Here's an article from just nine days ago:

The sad lives and deaths of homeless on the streets of Santa Clara County - a continuing tragedy
http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_19556513



On any given night, according to the 2011 Santa Clara County Homeless Census and Survey, in one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, 7,045 people are homeless.

That number is virtually unchanged from 2009, but the number of chronically homeless -- people who require about 70 percent of the system's resources -- has increased 11 percent in the same period. Rules on sobriety and health often determine who is admitted to shelters or who gets left out in the cold.

We somehow have decided," says Loving, "it's OK to ask if people have the right to be housed."



But maybe those people aren't really people, Eric. You seem to think that they don't really exist. Their issues are not your daily reality? Look out of your bubble, sir. It's right on your front yard. I live here in Silicon Valley, and I definitely exist.

I exist in the place where my students tell me in whispers that they are living with relatives because their family lost the house. Dad hasn't had a job in months and things are getting weird in the place they are staying. They can't turn on the heat. There are fights. But what do I know? I'm one of those worthless teachers that all the Silicon Valley 1%ers hate with a passion. I just need to shut up and teach to the test.

Well Eric, you took my test and failed. Merry fucking Christmas.

-Starry





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