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Identity theft

ATTORNEY's ADVICE - NO CHARGE Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday. Maybe we should all take some of his advice! A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company:... read more

Disney heiress nails it

  We could not agree more. See "Disney heiress calls CEO Bob Iger's $65 million pay package 'insane.'" "When [Iger] got his bonus last year, I did the math, and I figured out that he could have given personally, out of pocket, a 15% r... read more

Job listing

I get these job listing emails (just in case something awesome comes along). This latest one (probably created by AI (artificiallower intelligence)) said they have "several jobs just for you": Hospice Aide (Los Angeles), Chaplain (Pa... read more

An entrepreneur at age 66

It's never too late to reinvent yourself. Take it from Paul Tasner — after working continuously for other people for 40 years, he founded his own start-up at age 66, pairing his idea for a business with his experience and passio... read more

Kroger policy

I think Kroger has a policy of periodically moving everything around in order to stimulate our hunter-gatherer instinct, never knowing which aisle our next meal is in.... read more


Woo-hoo! I took the old cookie (coin) jar to the tar machine today (11.9% "fee", are you kidding me?!). I came away with $93.54! It rejected a few coins, repeatedly, forcing me to just pocket them. One of those was an elongated penny ... read more

Flipping off Trump

  I'm working on an arrangement with my employer whereby I flip off Trump's motorcade, get photographed doing it, get fired for it, then have a "go fund me" campaign pay me $100K. Wish me luck!... read more

On the phone with NASA

Got off the phone with @NASA. Had to tell 'em, "Look, I'm not willing to relocate. Stop calling!" OK, so it wasn't actually NASA, I didn't say exactly that, and it wasn't actually a job offer. A recruiter did call about an o... read more

Strange badge swipe policy

  Strange badge swipe policy at work: required first thing in the AM, after that ANYONE can just walk right in. #monitoring_v_security... read more

Bain Capital helps kill another iconic American company

"Once Toys R Us was taken over, however, the debt [that] Vornado Realty, KKR and Bain used to acquire it was pushed back onto the company, skyrocketing its debt obligations to $7.6 billion." via inthesetimesarticle206... read more

Spend time instead of money

  Great idea! "... around the world, people are using a system of exchange that requires something everyone is, for the most part, given equally, every day: Time." via are-you-tired-banks-credit-cards-and-debt-consider-syste... read more

New suit for homeless man = new job

  Great story! See ksl?sid=42989915&nid=148 "It was about as low as you can get, but Smith decided to at least make it to the new year. When he went on ksl to look for jobs, he saw a story KSL did on a Utah company giving... read more

Local pick up

Just ordered a $10 item on eBay. They offered "Local pick up in Las Vegas, Nevada" versus delivering it. I live in Nashville. I need to decide if it's worth driving out there. Suggestions?... read more

Another headhunter email

  I know they're just doing their jobs, but headhunters (job recruiters) can be some of the most dehumanizing people I've ever had to deal with. Because of that, I like to have a little fun at their expense whenever possible. Here's a r... read more

Alternatives to Amazon and Etsy

If you're looking for an alternative to Amazon or Etsy, for whatever reason, you might try The Grommet or StorEnvy. I was just reading about them and thought I'd share. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "t... read more

Job offer

Got the below email today. Probably because they saw that I have several books on Amazon (here, here and here), they read them, thought they sucked, and decided it would be best if I took a warehouse job. I must say, though, I've neve... read more

Employee's sarcastic resignation note

  Good one! "This employee had simply had enough so they decided to tell their boss how it really is before they walked out the door." via Employee's Sarcastic Resignation Note Tells It Like It Is ... read more

Latest scams

NOT ALL THIEVES ARE STUPID (from somewhere on the Internet) 1. LONG-TERM PARKING: Some people left their car in the long-term parking at San Jose while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car's registrat... read more

One-fifth of U.S. workers were laid off in past five years

"Nearly 40% said it took more than seven months to find employment and about one in five of laid-off workers said all they could find was a temporary position." via latimesbusinessla-fi-layoffs-unemployment-jobs-econo... read more

Working for someone else

  Something I've always hated about working for someone else is that you're expected to believe (or convincingly pretend, in the corporate setting, anyway) that the people in positions above you are in fact superior to you. It's just on... read more

Staying healthy on the job

  Good article on staying healthy on the job, plus just plain staying at that job. "... you can't smoke cigarettes fast enough to match the damage that today's workplace is doing to you. And not just you, but everyone from the new... read more

Switzerland shows US how to handle CEOs

  Switzerland Shows US How to Handle CEOs. Here in the United States, had the minimum wage kept pace with productivity since the 1960s it would now be $21.72 an hour, or $3,722 a month. See also ... the_minimum_wage_popular_with_th... read more

How Amazon works staff 'to the bone'

  Walk 11 miles a shift and pick up an order every 33 seconds... how Amazon works staff 'to the bone' "Internet giant Amazon works its warehouse staff 'to the bone' in long and relentless shifts, a former employee claimed yesterda... read more

Corporate welfare vs. social welfare spending

  via Corporate Welfare Vs. Social Welfare Spending ... It's Not Just A $40 Billion Gap. "Market subsidies, market protections, market interventions, regulatory favors, favorable legislation, legal protections, ex-post facto recla... read more

America's re-shoring of jobs is accelerating

Good! via America's Re-shoring of Jobs Is Accelerating. "Over the past couple of years, we've projected an improvement in U.S. manufacturing competitiveness by 2015 that would help drive an American manufacturing revival. The r... read more

45 percent of American jobs will be done by computers in 20 years

  And then the "third stage" (my words, not theirs) will be when people realize how irritating and stupid these computers are. Consumers, otherwise known as "people," will stop using services that are overly-computerized, and bosses eve... read more

Free lunch... or is it?

   I've been chosen (with 5-6 others) to "Have Lunch With ****!" (one of the VP's at work) tomorrow. I've been instructed to "come prepared to discuss real issues and solutions" regarding my job. Not looking forward to it. At least it'... read more

Minimum wage adjusted for inflation

I don't agree that this is a valid calculation. But, for what it's worth, my brother sent this out recently. 50 years ago the minimum wage was 1.25 (1963). See dol.govwhdminwagechart.pdf. A 1963 dime (90% silver) is now worth... read more

Feds give laid-off Boeing workers a helping hand

The Labor Department ruling also means that if laid-off Boeing workers need to travel, say to California, for a job interview, the government will reimburse 90 percent of the costs. via Feds give laid-off Boeing workers a big helping... read more

The 1% and what do they do for a living

  from Who are the 1%, and what do they do for a living? "A lot of emphasis is on the "99%" versus the "1%" in these protests. But who are the 1% and what do they do for a living? Are they all Wilt Chamberlains and Oprahs and othe... read more

The jobs number is b.s. says former head of BLS

  The Jobs Number Is BS Says Former Head Of BLS. "After every non-farm payroll report we provide our own breakdown of what the real unemployment rate is in a country in which the labor force participation rate has not been adjuste... read more

Food for thought

via dreamslaughter: Food For Thought. "The corporation is a true Frankenstein's monster, an artificial person run amok, responsible only to its own soulless self. — William Dugger" ... read more

Support corporate criminals or social justice

  via Support corporate criminals or social justice? | Intrepid Report. "During Clinton's presidency 45% of all income gains went to the top 1%.During Bush's presidency 65% of all income gains went to the top 1%.D... read more

Think tank community that's doing its best to control the world

"The corporate-policy network is highly centralized, at both the level of individuals and that of organizations. Its inner circle is a tightly interwoven ensemble of politically active business leaders; its organizational core in... read more

First day of school, I mean, work

  Feels like the first day back at school after summer vacation, except in this case it's not even summer yet and I'll be starting a new job, not school, today. I hope it lasts longer than the last few jobs! I have had a string ... read more

A week of testing

  Took a test yesterday. Hope I passed! New job depends on it! Hope I did better than the previous day's job-related test. That one was on Windows 7 and 2008 techie stuff, and I just haven't kept up with Win 7, not as a tech, especially... read more

Micro gigs

  Interesting article on "micro gigs" via welcome-to-the-micro-gig-no-job-is-too-small "A crush of apps allowing us to do discrete tasks for small sums of money might be the future. But the atomization of paid labor leaves worker... read more

Depressing but true

  "The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return." — Gore Vi... read more

In honor of Labor Day

  Great article here via "What does Labor Day mean anymore other than another day off, another store sale and, in some cities, parades ever smaller and more devoid of passion for elevating the well-... read more

Lobbyist poses as mechanic in Super Bowl ad, YouTube

  Lobbyist poses as mechanic in Super Bowl ad - YouTube.... read more

Immelt moving jobs and economic infrastructure to China

  GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt, The Head Of Obama's Jobs Council, Is Moving Jobs And Economic Infrastructure To China At A Blistering Pace.The hypocrisy would be laughable if not such a serious problem. ... read more

Happy May Day

from Liberty Underground... "Today, May Day, honors the workers who produce all of the wealth. It is in honor of those involved in a general strike in Chicago, killed by police in what is known all over the world by workers as t... read more

Economic inequality is not sustainable

via Economic Inequality Is Not Sustainable "A Top Heavy 1 Percent Will Topple Without a Stable Middle Class."Focusing exclusively on deficit reduction is the wrong policy. Focusing solely on cutting spending is the wrong policy.... read more

These two phrases on your resume are why it just hit the trash can

They might be right about this.Worth a shot. These Two Phrases on Your Resume Are Why It Just Hit the Trash Can. "Does your resume read like a job description? Is it one long list of bullets that contain the phrases duties incl... read more

Verizon to lay off 1,700 workers after paying CEO $22 million

  Yes, large corporations really are that stupidshort-sightedcorrupt. via Verizon To Lay Off 1,700 Workers After Paying CEO $22 Million Last Year "America's largest wireless service provider plans to cut 1,700 jobs by offering ... read more

Layoffs are for lazy corporate overseers

  via Why layoffs are for lazy corporate overseers - Fortune Management."Layoffs are often a sign of failure by top executives to properly manage a business and forecast needs.The corporate movement away from job security coincided... read more

Why faking enthusiasm is the latest job requirement

I hate when companies do this. Create a better environment for your employees, don't require them to be a pack of phonies! via Why Faking Enthusiasm Is The Latest Job Requirement. "... seeming to love the job becomes part of th... read more

Employee engagement, why it's important

  "It doesn't matter if managers are introverted or extroverted, timid or bold, loud or quiet, as long as they are making people feel like they are growing, appreciated, and confident in their future at the company ..." v... read more

Three ways to put America back to work

  Great article here: Three-Ways-to-Put-America "In theory The Great Recession is history, but for those of us who live and work on Real Street the carnage and horror continues. On Real Street, outside the gated communities where ... read more

Screw economies of scale!

  Screw "economies of scale!" As I've said before, this country needs a new (or maybe just an enforced) Sherman Antitrust Act that will limit the size, influence and control of any one corporation. More companies mean more jobs, and ... read more

Whirlpool threatens pensions

via Whirlpool threatens pensions "Unfortunately, we've just had another open theft of retired worker's benefits, this time Whirlpool management stealing the health care coverage of retired former Hoover workers and their familie... read more

Feds rule Boeing can't move plant to avoid union

Federal Agency Rules Boeing Cant Move Plant to Avoid Union. The amazing thing about this is that we see a government agency actually doing its job!... read more

The 10 most hated companies in America

  from The 10 Most Hated Companies in America — 247 Wall St.. "1. Facebook" ... read more

U.S. corporate profits vs. employee wages

"In Japan the ratio of pay for a CEO compared to that of the average worker is approx. 11 to 1. In Germany that ratio expands to a dizzying 12 to 1. And in the United States it's 475 to 1." via CHART - U.S. Corporate Profit... read more

Usurpation and the corporation as crime

  from Richard Grossman on Usurpation and the Corporation as Crime "Richard Grossman says that Occupy Wall Street activists need to go beyond greed and corruption and focus on usurpation.As in - illegal seizure of power.As in - th... read more

Job hunting

Can't companies at least send a denial letteremail? It's rude to leave us twisting in the wind.... read more

Freelancers union, a federation of the unaffiliated

  Looks like a good idea. Freelancers Union.A Federation of the Unaffiliated. "350,000 FREELANCERS JOINED TOGETHER FOR A PURPOSE. INDEPENDENTS. UNITED. INDEPENDENTS. UNITED."... read more

Note to recruiters

  I almost posted this to LinkedIn, but thought better of it since hiring managers and headhunters generally have absolutely no sense of humor regarding "the hiring process." If they would admit (at least to themselves) that they have ... read more

For all bosses who dislike directness

For all bosses who dislike directness and are afraid of offending anyone... via positive leaders love productivity "Simon Sinek @simonsinek says, "Bad leaders may edit the truth for fear of causing discomfort. Good leaders acce... read more

The minimum wage, popular with the public, but not the donor class

from The Minimum Wage: Popular With the Public, But Not the Donor Class. "One of the best proposals to come out of the State of the Union was the President's proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour, phased in over three... read more

Romney's Bain Capital is sending many jobs to China

Romney's Bain Capital Is Sending Many Jobs to China the Day Before the Election. "On the day before an election that's supposed to hinge on jobs, taxes and the middle class, Bain Capital, the company Mitt Romney founded, will cl... read more

Wisconsin judge reinstates collective bargaining for state employees

Wisconsin judge reinstates collective bargaining for state employees "The union-busting law that pushed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker into the national spotlight last year has been declared unconstitutional by a state judge, p... read more

Good news for bad references

enewsletters.biospacerhwnewslettergood-news-for-bad-references.htm?type=email&source=js-07-19-10 "Picture this scenario: you've been seeking new employment at a company, but without success. Your employment credentials ar... read more

Selfish CEOs

  CEOs who lay off the most people rake in the profits via Hidden Corporate Scandal: CEOs Who Laid Off the Most Workers Rake in the Most Treasure "CEOs in one company after another are throwing workers onto the unemployment rolls... read more

Customers flee Walmart empty shelves for Target, Costco

Those who say raising the minimum wage will bankrupt companies are just plain wrong. Here's the proof. Treat (and pay) your people well, and they'll be great employees. Treat them like crap and, surprise surprise, they'll be crappy em... read more

5 ways your boss is killing your company culture

  I agree. And a big reason for this, I believe, is that hiring managers hire based on likability, enthusiasm, and an applicant's degree (no matter what that degree is in) rather than on experience and intelligence. So, the people who... read more

The case for a 25 hour work week

via The Case for a 25-Hour Work Week This Is Not a Joke | Inc. "Whatever you may think of this theory, there are certainly many who think (including Sheryl Sandberg) the status quo the 4050 hour work week is not only d... read more

Closing my BofA account

Hallelujah! We have paid off our BofA credit card! It was bad enough when it was owned by the original company. But when I saw that Bank of America had bought that company and was now administering my account, I knew it was time to pa... read more

Walmart, 50 years of gutting America's middle class

This (below) is why we hate Walmart.Too many people don't understand this.They just want "low prices" no matter the overall, long-run cost. from Walmart: 50 Years of Gutting America's Middle Class "Walmart's explosive grow... read more

IBM's internal plan, fire most us employees

  via IBM's Internal Plan to Grow Earnings-Per-Share to $20 by 2015: Fire Most U.S. Employees. "The primary method for accomplishing this feat, according to the plan, will be by reducing US employee head count by 78 percent in... read more

Merrill Lynch IRA finally transfers!

Hallelujuah! I've been trying since late October to transfer my IRA away from the "too-big-to-fail" Merrill Lynch, owned by the about-to-fail Bank of America. Any company that's "too big to fail" probably will. That, or they&#... read more

Baum law firm to close

Baum law firm to close - Business First. This is one company that got what it deserved after mocking homelessforeclosed families.... read more

Paying off a credit card

  That's a nice headline, and it felt good doing it today.  Granted, the bulk of the balance was simply transferred to another credit card.  But still ...  :)  I also closed out the checking account associated wi... read more

A visit to Walmart

I hate Walmart.  It's a company run by slimy executives who don't care about the mom-and-pop businesses they destroy, and its stores are frequented by the lowest class of people.  I always feel the need for a shower afte... read more

Saving the rich, losing the economy

from saving-the-rich-losing-the-economy "US politicians, such as Buddy Roemer, blame the collapse of US manufacturing on Chinese competition and "unfair trade practices." However, it is US corporations that move their factories ... read more

Boycott verizon if at all possible

  They're forcing pay cuts for the people who do the actual work there while their executives get millions in bonuses. "Last year Verizon made $12 billion in profits, got $1 billion in government subsidies and paid zippo, zero in ... read more

Greed is not a virtue

Great article. via Greed is Not a Virtue, by David Korten — Agenda for a New Economy. "By capitalism's perverse moral logic, if a person sells toxic assets by knowingly misrepresenting them as sound, the fault lies not wi... read more

New job starts today

I hope I like it. UPDATE (2 years later):I didn't. See First day of school I mean work... read more

New job starting next week

  I'm starting a new job next week, so I ran a test of how long it would take to get there after dropping Elizabeth off at school. It was 7:42 when they started letting the kids inside, allowing me to leave. I could do like a lot of... read more

Check out a company before applying there

  GlassDoor "Search company reviews and ratings"... read more

Customer satisfaction surveys

When given one of those customer satisfaction surveys, always try and give a glowing report about the individual who helped you (unless they were terrible, of course) because those surveys are just another tool for corporations to har... read more

Made in America... no longer

"American as apple pie" items that are no longer made here: 19-iconic-products-that-america-doesnt-make-anymore... read more

Girl quits job

This is an instant classic. via girl-quits-her-job-on-dry-erase-board-emails-entire-office-33-photos... read more

Great Depression II

  I guess they didn't call it The Great Depression during that depression, did they? We shouldn't be surprised they're not honestly calling this one Great Depression II. Or, in current parlance, maybe, "G-Dep-2." It's "only" The Great ... read more

How companies should cut back

  When faced with too many expenses and not enough income and you have run out of expenses to reduce, rather than firing employees, the fair and socially-responsible way to cut costs is NOT to fire employees who had nothing to do with t... read more

Old age discrimination suit vs. Google

"The California Supreme Court unanimously agreed that a trial court erred in dismissing a complaint by Brian Reid, who was hired in 2002 as a director of operations and engineering, and fired less than two years later at age 54 a... read more

Another reason not to shop at Walmart

If you buy underwear at Walmart, they will be able to track wherever you go. If their sales are not hurt by this announcement, they will institute it in more products, probably eventually all products. According to CNBC, these tags ar... read more

Buy American

localmakers The above link no longer points to where it used to. Someone in Holland, ironically, has apparently purchased that domain name. I would have removed this post, but the irony made it worth keeping it here. amzn_asso... read more

Like a cancer

  A business plan requiring constant expansion is, almost by definition, a cancer, and equally unhealthy.... read more

The job market

  When I applied and scheduled an interview for a job at the "financial arm" of the Methodist Church, I knew I was not a right fit for them. After all, I'm not only not Methodist, I'm not even a Christian.When the HR manager called a co... read more

Another interview

  I went to another job interview yesterday. It was downtown Nashville in the once trendy Cummins Station building. I've had a few consulting clients there over the years. The company interviewing me shall remain nameless. Coinciden... read more

Letter to a former co-worker

  I'm glad you and Cathy are doing well. Our daughter Elizabeth is doing well, too. She spent last night with a cousin north of town so she can attend that little girl's birthday party today. Elizabeth's own birthday party was last mont... read more

How to rob a bank

The answer is: Own one.Relax, law enforcement people, it's not a real how-to.Part two is here.... read more

Selling insurance

I got a call today about a job with American Income. They said they found my résumé on Careerbuilder. When I get emails like that, I instantly recognize them and mark them as spam and block them from sending any more. But ge... read more


I went to a pre-employment drug screening this morning. Last week, I had interviewed for an IT instructor position. Had to give a mock class, and everything. I chose the subject of "securing your home wireless network." It was fun. An... read more

Gender unknown

First time I've ever seen this. Filling out an online job application, the EEOC stuff at the bottom gave me a choice of: Male Female Gender Unknown Decline to Answer I can understand "sexually confused," but "gender unkn... read more

Happy Groundhog's Day!

  It's been almost five months now since I was laid off. It doesn't seem that long, actually. What've I been doing since then? Collecting unemployment checks and doing freelance consulting, helping people with their computer... read more

Laid off

It's been almost three weeks now, and I'm finally able to talkblog about my layoff. After the merger and corporate restructuring at work, it was finally my turn to have my "position eliminated." I instinctively felt it coming. In fac... read more

Doug sells power tools!

  dholmeshilti-website.htm "Used & New Hilti Tools and Accessories Hilti professional demolition concrete tools SHIPPING WORLDWIDE"... read more


via "The richest two percent of the world's population owns more than half of the world's household wealth. Although you may believe you've heard this statistic before, you haven't: For the first time, personal w... read more

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