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I dont hire HR types. I expect my senior managers to do their hiring and be responsible for tgeir fuck ups.

 

Sadly not a common thing these days. Last CY corporate gifted us with a director whose survival strategy was to scapegoat subordinates and try to get other leaders to write up all sorts of quality employees and a few star players. Really bad financial outcomes, and they finally convinced her to go, but never a mea culpa from corporate. They pretend it never happened.

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Why is everyone hooked on Degrees? They are only marginally useful for a small part of the work force. Less academia is better.

 

IME because HR types are stupid, and want easily verifiable creds with which they can filter resumes. Judging knowledge and skills is difficult, checking checkboxes is easy.

 

Don't have to be stupid, pointing at a degreee requirement also gives you a fairly lawsuit proof way to reject someone.

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Only if you be some unskilled person. Learn a solid trade. Be a plumber.

 

As a kid, our plumber had a vacation home in Bermuda. Learned pretty early that "trade" didn't mean lower class economically.

 

 

A few years back I watched a segment about professionals re-training to be plumbers in London because it was so lucrative (and apparently still is). Believe it or not, one was a doctor!

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Why is everyone hooked on Degrees? They are only marginally useful for a small part of the work force. Less academia is better.

 

IME because HR types are stupid, and want easily verifiable creds with which they can filter resumes. Judging knowledge and skills is difficult, checking checkboxes is easy.

 

 

This.

 

HR feeds me resumes with boxes checked, and "industry standard" certs. Yeah... that won't work. I literally wrote the book on the technology my guys are using, and NOBODY can check the HR boxes, myself included. I ignore HR for finding staff... I have yet to have an HR proffered candidate be even close to the right realm. Meanwhile the guys working with the technology have regularly and repeatedly gone: "I know a guy who..." and we land excellent candidates.

 

Meanwhile, I'm pushing us hard to do more apprenticeship developers. Bring me someone who can solve problems, I don't care what their degree is. I don't care if they have a degree. I'm happy to shepherd High School grads as high as their abilities will take them. Not everyone needs to have a BS in Computer Science, with an MS in Data Science, and the less said about the PhD's the better.

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I have a rule of thumb:

 

Add 5 minutes, per bullet point, per PhD, involved in the meeting.

 

 

I once was in a meeting that had ONE slide and three bullet points on that slide. EACH person with a PhD had to opine for some minutes on each point... and the guy with two PhD's spent a cool 20 minutes just himself. On Each Bullet. This was a meeting with about 30 engineers. On overhead for the duration of the meeting. How much did that meeting cost the company? And just what did it actually accomplish? Just to stroke some egos.

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I once was in a meeting that had ONE slide and three bullet points on that slide. EACH person with a PhD had to opine for some minutes on each point... and the guy with two PhD's spent a cool 20 minutes just himself. On Each Bullet. This was a meeting with about 30 engineers. On overhead for the duration of the meeting. How much did that meeting cost the company? And just what did it actually accomplish? Just to stroke some egos.

 

IOW, a normal meeting.

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HR feeds me resumes with boxes checked, and "industry standard" certs. Yeah... that won't work. I literally wrote the book on the technology my guys are using, and NOBODY can check the HR boxes, myself included. I ignore HR for finding staff... I have yet to have an HR proffered candidate be even close to the right realm. Meanwhile the guys working with the technology have regularly and repeatedly gone: "I know a guy who..." and we land excellent candidates.

One of my direct reports stumbled across a job listing for my group. I dunno who wrote that job description, but it is complete gibberish. I am having difficulty getting HR to clue in that it needs to be replaced, pronto.

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Add 5 minutes, per bullet point, per PhD, involved in the meeting.

 

On overhead for the duration of the meeting. How much did that meeting cost the company? And just what did it actually accomplish? Just to stroke some egos.

 

The solution is to have no chairs in (internal) meeting rooms.

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Ooff.

 

16 Marines Arrested for Alleged Human Smuggling, Drug-Related Offenses

 

By: Gidget Fuentes

July 25, 2019 3:50 PM Updated: July 25, 2019 8:32 PM

 

During an infantry battalions morning formation on Thursday at Camp Pendleton, Calif., 16 Marines were arrested on allegations they took part in illegal human smuggling and illicit drug-related offenses, 1st Marine Division announced.

 

Another eight Marines with the battalion were taken aside to be questioned on their involvement in alleged drug offenses related to todays arrests, division officials said in a news release.

 

An official confirmed to USNI News the Marines arrested and questioned are all assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, an infantry battalion in Camp San Mateo at the Southern California base.

 

The investigation is ongoing. They were taken into custody by NCIS personnel, said a division spokesman, 1st Lt. Cameron Edinburgh. Charges against each of the Marines were pending and no information yet was available.

 

Division officials said todays arrests and investigation are tied to information gained from a previous human smuggling investigation.

 

That case appears to be the July 3 arrests of two Marines Lance Cpls. Byron Daniel Law II and David Javier Salazar-Quintero, assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marines. The Marines were stopped in the Boulevard/Jacumba area, east of San Diego, by border agents who had spotted a black car in an area known for smuggling and where agents saw fresh footprints, according to the federal complaint.

 

Another agent spotted the car and pulled the vehicle over. Law was driving and Salazar-Quintero was in the front passenger seat.

 

Three men in the back seat told agents they are citizens of Mexico without any immigration documents that would allow them to enter or remain in the United States legally, the complaint stated. All five men were arrested.

 

Law claimed that (Salazar-Quintero) was the individual responsible for organizing the event and solicited Laws involvement, hours earlier, picking up an illegal alien in return for $1,000, the complaint stated. Law said the two Marines had picked up that individual in Laws black BMW and dropped him off at a McDonalds in Del Mar, a coastal city in northern San Diego, then returned to Camp Pendleton.

 

Both Marines returned to the border area the following morning after Salazar-Quintero called Law for another job and promised payment for both, the complaint states. They picked up the three men along Interstate 8 before agents pulled them over and arrested them. Two of the men told investigators they were going to pay $8,000 USD to be smuggled into the United States, destined for New Jersey and Los Angeles.

 

According to the complaint, Salazar-Quintero admitted coming to Jacumba to pick up on four different occasions.

 

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https://news.usni.org/2019/07/25/16-marines-arrested-for-alleged-human-smuggling-drug-related-offenses

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If academics photosynthesized, then I have no problem with having many. As it is they suck up air and resources and offer very little.

Plus many of the jobs requiring degrees now, don't even pay enough to pay the student debt of those degrees.

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Be a plumber.

Mortician, it is always booming sector. :D

 

Better than midwife. Intercourse and birth are optional. Demise is inevitable.

 

 


 

 

A few years back I watched a segment about professionals re-training to be plumbers in London because it was so lucrative (and apparently still is). Believe it or not, one was a doctor!

Doctor as in academic degree or as colloquial for the medicine man with an M.D.?

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It takes twelve years of school before a kid is ready to spend another four to get s basic STEM degree. Drilling or tracking only a couple before oil flows. Meanwhile, someone has to pick lettuce and write code. The problems is that what should be a temporary solution is better for politicians and employers than the permanent one.

You're not starting with a toddler and saying he's going to be an engineer and waiting 18 years. It's about getting High School students with aptitude to go into engineering which is a 4 year degree. If you need them with a masters, sure, add another 2 or so....

 

There are students at technical universities right now as freshmen who could go towards an engineering degree, so that can even be 3 years or so.

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Schumer Calls for Amending First Amendment to Limit Political Speech

 

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.-N.Y., has determined there is too much political speech in the United States coming from sources he cannot tolerate. So, he stood in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, along with Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D.-Ill., to announce he is backing Democratic New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall's proposal to amend the First Amendment.
The First Amendment — as it now stands — includes 10 unambiguous words about freedom of speech.
"Congress," it says, "shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech."
Schumer and Udall do not like this sweeping restraint on government power. There are speakers whose speech they want to abridge. The Bill of Rights — as correctly interpreted by the Supreme Court — stands in their way. So, they are seeking to change it.
Specifically, in 2010, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission that Americans enjoy the freedom of speech not only when they act as individuals but also when they form corporations.
In other words, a movie-making company has the same right to free speech as its owners individually do.
The same can be said for a book publishing company — or a company that manufactures lawnmowers or fishing rods.
In the United States, they all enjoy a freedom of speech that Congress "shall make no law" that abridges it.
For Schumer, this principle, which the court upheld in Citizens United, is gravely wrong.
"Few decisions in the 200 and some odd years of this republic have threatened our democracy like Citizens United," Schumer said on Tuesday.
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"If I get to be majority leader with the help of my colleagues here and all of you, Citizens United will go. It must," he said.
"Overturning Citizens United," Schumer said, "is probably more important than any other single thing we could do to preserve this great and grand democracy."
It was not Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Sam Alito or even John Roberts who wrote the court's opinion in Citizens United. It was Anthony Kennedy.
"The court has recognized that First Amendment protection extends to corporations," Kennedy wrote.
"If the First Amendment has any force, it prohibits Congress from fining or jailing citizens, or associations of citizens, for simply engaging in political speech," he said.
The court also concluded it was ridiculous for the government — as federal campaign-finance law then did — to try to distinguish between a "media" corporation and other types of corporations in order to exempt "media" corporations from restrictions the government sought to impose on the freedom of speech of non-media corporations.
"The exemption applies to media corporations owned or controlled by corporations that have diverse and substantial investments and participate in endeavors other than news," said the court. "So even assuming the most doubtful proposition that a news organization has a right to speak when others do not, the exemption would allow a conglomerate that owns both a media business and an unrelated business to influence or control the media in order to advance its overall business interest. At the same time, some other corporation, with an identical business interest but no media outlet in its ownership structure, would be forbidden to speak or inform the public about the same issue."
"This differential treatment cannot be squared with the First Amendment," said the court.
"The purpose and effect of this law," the court said, "is to prevent corporations, including small and nonprofit corporations, from presenting both facts and opinions to the public."
"When government seeks to use its full power, including the criminal law, to command where a person may get his or her information or what distrusted source he or she may not hear, it uses censorship to control thought," Kennedy wrote. "This is unlawful. The First Amendment confirms the freedom to think for ourselves."And that is precisely what Schumer and Udall seek to stop.
Their Democracy for All Amendment, as they call it, deploys 106 words to amend the 10 words in the First Amendment that protect freedom of speech.
The final 22 words of their proposed amendment assure corporations that own news outlets that Schumer and Udall are not coming for them. They say: "Nothing in this article shall be construed to grant Congress or the States the power to abridge the freedom of the press."
There is no similar language to clarify that the amendment does not give Congress or the states the power to abridge "freedom of speech" for entities other than the "press" — because that is precisely the amendment's purpose.
The first section of the Udall-Schumer amendment, for example, gives Congress and the states the power to "set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections."
In plain English: The government can limit how much you speak about an election.
The second section specifically gives Congress and the states the power to "distinguish between natural persons and corporations or other entities created by law, including by prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence elections."
More precisely, it would give Chuck Schumer and his incumbent congressional colleagues the power to enact a law prohibiting corporations from saying such things as "This member of Congress has too little respect for the Constitution to serve faithfully under it."

 

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According to a news report, the internal investigation of the Bremen affair has found "gross disregard of regulations" in 165 out of 18,315 positive asylum decisions made by the local BAMF office since the year 2000. That's a lot less than the initially suspected ca. 1,200, though there may be more not-so-gross irregularities. At any rate, the issue has largely vanished from public interest as various actors have found other balls to chase.

 

The former head of the Bremen BAMF office and two lawyers have now been officially charged with a total 121 counts of corruption, forgery, immigration offenses etc., including by ignoring the decisions of courts and other BAMF offices. Prosecutors seem to think that the official acted out of personal admiration for one of the lawyers.

 

Another seven BAMF staff, including a superior from the Nuremburg HQ, and another Bremen lawyer are still being investigated.

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I suspect it is. All reports about this bit refer to a "Spiegel" piece based upon the actual bill of indictment, which they seem to have gotten a look at. It states her having "felt a deep sympathy bordering on reverence" for the guy. If you go back to early reports about the whole thing, you'll find reference variously to a possible relationship between the two, and her having cared deeply about the fate of Yazidis which appear to have constituted most of his clients (maybe because he's one of them; his name is given as Irfan C.).

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