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Your Brain On Drug Policy Rachael Leigh Cook (2017)

President Trump to Sign 'Buy American, Hire American' Order and Modify H-1B Visa Program


The White House said the current program undercuts American workers and that some tech companies are using it to drive down wages. President Donald Trump is planning to sign an executive order that seeks to make changes to a visa program that brings in high-skilled workers.

Trump is heading Tuesday to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he plans to sign an order dubbed "Buy American, Hire American," said administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity despite the president's frequent criticism of the use of anonymous sources.

The officials said the order, which Trump will sign at the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc., would direct the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Labor and State to propose new rules to prevent immigration fraud and abuse. Those departments would also be asked to offer changes so that H-1B visas are awarded to the "most-skilled or highest-paid applicants."

The White House said the program is currently undercutting American workers by bringing in cheaper labor and said some tech companies are using it to hire large numbers of workers and drive down wages.

But critics say the program has been hijacked by staffing companies that use the visas to import foreigners -- often from India -- who will work for less than Americans. The staffing companies then sell their services to corporate clients who use them to outsource tech work.

Staff augmentation and contracting jobs are the real culprit here. US citizens don't like moving to a new city every few months, living out of extended stay hotels, driving four hours a day. HQ says tomorrow you're going to report to work on the other side of the US at 8AM sharp. Figure it out. Roll up all expense reports and place them next to the toilet so they can laugh at you for thinking you'll ever get reimbursed. What are you going to do? Sue them?

I avoid posting pictures of that orange troll so here's a puppy with the only attitude that will work to survive Trump because puppies don't know any better .

Rust-Belt Cities And Moving To Opportunity: It's Time To Get Back On The 'Hillbilly Highway'


One of the most discussed events this presidential election has been the emergence of the white, blue-collar voter and its connection to Donald Trump’s political success. Several people have commented on this phenomenon, including J.D. Vance, author of the New York Times bestseller Hillbilly Elegy, a memoir about Mr. Vance’s life growing up in the Rust Belt city of Middletown, OH and his family’s eastern Kentucky, 'hillbilly' roots. Mr. Vance’s story presents Middletown as a city that is not only struggling economically, but socially and culturally as well.

Middletown is located in southwestern Ohio, south of Dayton and north of Cincinnati near the middle of the once navigable portion of the Great Miami River. It is primarily located in Butler County, with the remainder lying within Warren County. Both counties are part of the Cincinnati Metropolitan Area (MSA), which delineates a common labor market. Like other cities in the region, Middletown’s economy has historically been based on manufacturing. One of its largest employers is AK Steel, which still has a mill in the city.

Throughout the latter half of the 20th century, manufacturing declined in the area. The figure below shows manufacturing employment in the Cincinnati MSA from 1969 to 2014. During this period manufacturing employment fell from over 206,000 workers to 113,000 workers, a 45% decline.


The story of America is one of moving to opportunity. European immigrants from England, Scotland, Ireland, Poland and Italy, as well as Asian immigrants from China, Vietnam and India, along with many others, have come to the U.S. looking for a better life. Once here moving continued, from the coast to the heartland, east to west and south to north and back again.

Today the U.S. has one of the most mobile populations in the world, and natives and immigrants alike often move to places with more economic opportunity. In the early to mid-20th century there was the northward rural to urban migration along the "Hillbilly Highway," which is how Mr. Vance’s family—and my own—ended up in Ohio. For the last 40 years or so the opposite has occurred. Cities such as Charlotte, Atlanta, Houston and Dallas have experienced population booms while Dayton, Buffalo and others have been declining. These types of population fluctuations are a normal occurrence in the U.S.

America exists because people moved here from somewhere else. Americans move for jobs. Moving is as American as apple pie. And it affects elections. Dems can pick up some Sun belt states.

A patient says something hateful, and heres what a Muslim medical student does


“It’s been getting worse for the past couple of months,” he says. “I’ve been under a lot of stress with my business. And there’s so much else going on — I’ve been feeling angry a lot lately . . . .”

“You’ve been feeling angry? Why?” I ask.

“It’s the news,” Mr. J says. “ISIS and those Muslims.” His nostrils flare; his hands clench. “These Muslims think they can blow up our country!”

Heat crawls up my neck. I am a Muslim American. My parents emigrated from Pakistan nearly 30 years ago. I was born and raised in a small rural town in Western Maryland.

“I want to take care of them for good and send them all packing,” Mr. J continues. “They aren’t welcome here!”

He gives me an expectant look, waiting for me to nod in agreement. His sentiments are shared by many in the town my clinic serves. Outwardly, I don’t “look” Muslim, as I don’t wear a hijab. Because of my dark skin, I’m more often mistaken for an Indian Hindu.

Growing up in my predominantly white home town, I never really noticed any negativity from others about my race or religion — they were just a part of who I was.

On Sept. 11, 2001, I was in sixth grade.

Brown people deal with this stuff every day. For Muslims it's terrorists. For others, it's stealing jobs away from more deserving people. It's gotten worse since the election.

A maid dangling from a high-rise window begged for help. Her boss filmed her instead

The floor looks clean in this high-rise apartment, seven stories above Kuwait City traffic. Not a smudge in sight on the picture window. On the other side of the glass, the maid is hanging on by one knuckle, screaming.

“Oh crazy, come here,” a woman says casually in Arabic, holding a camera up to the maid.

“Hold on to me! Hold on to me!” the maid yells.

Instead, the woman steps back. The maid’s grip finally slips, and she lands in a cloud of dust, many stories below.

The maid - an Ethiopian who had been working in the country for several years, according to the Kuwait Times - survived the fall. The videographer, her employer, was arrested last week on a charge of failing to help the worker.

It’s still unclear what led to the fall. But it was not the first time a domestic servant had fallen off of a building in Kuwait, an oil-rich country where foreign workers are cheap, plentiful and live largely at the mercy of their employers.

Republicans look backwards but also look towards the middle east when envisioning their ideal future for American workers. There was a time when bosses beat and killed their immigrant or black workers and it would be declared a suicide. Make America Great Again!

Louis C.K. Stand-Up Monologue - SNL

Posted by IronLionZion | Sun Apr 9, 2017, 09:15 AM (1 replies)

When your boyfriend catches you in bed with Obama - Fleabag: Episode 1 - BBC Three

Posted by IronLionZion | Sat Apr 8, 2017, 11:18 AM (9 replies)

H-1B visa applications hit cap in 4 days


There's an overwhelming demand for H-1B visas -- yet again.

On Friday morning, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it has already reached its congressionally mandated threshold of 85,000 visas for the new fiscal year.

The news comes just four days after the new application period opened up on Monday. It also comes amidst a growing call from the new administration to crack down on the abuse of the visa.

The agency will continue to accept petitions that aren't subject to the cap, like those tied to universities or some nonprofits.

USCIS has yet to release the total number of petitions it received, which it will likely do in the coming week. Last year, 236,000 foreigners applied. This is the fifth consecutive year that the cap has been met within five days.

USCIS uses a lottery system to determine which petitions are selected for one of the 85,000 visas. Those that are selected are then subject to review before receiving final approval.

In past years, premium processing has helped applicants receive an answer on their petition much faster -- within 15 days as opposed to months. However, USCIS temporarily froze the premium processing option this year in an attempt to reduce overall processing times.

Why isn't Trump reforming the process for the H-1b and similar work visas? Isn't he supporting jobs and protection from globalization?
Posted by IronLionZion | Fri Apr 7, 2017, 05:47 PM (0 replies)

A sneak peek at P---y, the soon-to-be published novel about Donald Trump


It hardly seems fair that Americans must wait to grab a copy of Howard Jacobson’s new novel, “P---y.”

But let’s not get started on Things About Donald Trump That Are Unfair, or we’ll be here all week.

Jacobson, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of “The Finkler Question,” started writing this ribald satire just hours after Trump won the presidential election, and within a few weeks his manuscript was already rushing to print. His fellow Brits can get the book on April 13, but those of us enduring the American carnage firsthand must wait till mid May. An extremely credible source tells me this is unpresidented!!!

Nevertheless, someone — no, not Susan Rice — sent me an early copy of “P---y,” and I moved on it like a b----. When you’re a book critic, they let you do it. You can do anything (except quote the president’s unfiltered words in a family newspaper).

Resist. Pay for newspapers that challenge Trump's administration and asks them difficult questions. I started paying for Washington Post to support them.
Posted by IronLionZion | Fri Apr 7, 2017, 04:35 PM (5 replies)

NRA Recommends Preventing Firearm Deaths By Securing Children In Locked Safe


FAIRFAX, VA—As part of its ongoing efforts to reduce the number of accidental deaths from firearms, the National Rifle Association issued a recommendation Wednesday urging gun owners to secure their children in a locked safe at all times. “Because responsible gun ownership begins with proper storage, we advise you to keep your children in a tamper-proof safe, especially when they have friends over and any time you are out of the home,” wrote executive vice president Wayne LaPierre in a bulletin to the organization’s members, adding that it was not enough to simply place one’s children in a drawer, atop a high shelf, or underneath a bed, as stowing kids in such locations was neither a secure nor foolproof way of preventing a firearm accident from occurring. “We recognize that purchasing a steel-reinforced vault that can fit every one of your children comes at a premium, but can you really put a price on the safety of your family?” LaPierre went on to say that gun owners could easily add an extra layer of security and further peace of mind by keeping a separate lock on each child as well.

This is the only way. "can you really put a price on the safety of your family?"
Posted by IronLionZion | Sun Apr 2, 2017, 02:28 PM (5 replies)
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