Tenth Foxconn Worker Kills Himself

Foxconn "Suicide Cluster" Claims Another Victim - #9.

Undercover Report From Foxconn's Hell Factory

Yes, FoxConn, the libertarian idea of a workers paradise.

Do you really need that Chinese made gadget? How much blood and suffering has bought it?
Me to EDD:
...I KNOW I am not eligible for a *new* claim, I should be on the second federal extension. I do not know why a new claim "was filed", nor by who or what, but it was an error, and not by me. I need to be properly routed into the second federal extension. How do I get this done?

EDD reply:
Your prior claim expired and a new claim needs to be filed. When a claim
expires, a new claim is filed. If eligible for a valid new claim, the
Federal Extension stops and benefits will be based from the new valid
claim. However, if you are not eligible on the new claim, it still has
to be filed as an invalid claim to continue receiving the Federal
Extension. A new claim will be attempted to be filed every quarter.
Thank you.

In short, if you are eligible for a new claim, it restarts the cycle and extensions, but probably at a lower rate. But it has to be checked every quarter, then denied, to continue on the federal extensions.

The EDD web site does not tell you this, so you get a lot of stress you don't need.
ravan: (Cast Off? - sunyata__)
( Feb. 28th, 2010 01:47 am)
I hate being poor. I went to Stitches West on Friday, along with my SO. It was in Santa Clara, so not a long drive, free parking, and we had discount coupons to get in. So, not even as much as the Quilt, Craft Sew disaster.
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So, I was looking at various stuff online and in the stores this holiday season, specifically purses, bags and the like. Most of it was sheer, unadulterated crap - ugly, all that same thrown together look, regardless of "brand", like it was made in the same third world sweatshop. Yeah, the labels were different, but the workmanship, the colors, and the designs were all the same nauseating garbage.

I went to four different fabric stores. The notions were all the same, even though the brands were different - except for the high end one, that had a few added different things. The pattern selection was limited, and was was supposedly "fashion" was ill-fitting crap too - sloppy necklines, narrow sleeves, pants without pockets, blah, blah.

Same thing with manufactured clothing. Cheaply made, trashy looking, priced like it was fucking haute coture. Sorry, but why should I pay business suit prices for cheesy whore clothes?

People cry about manufacturing jobs going overseas, about small businesses vanishing. Well, when you have to pay the city bunches of money for the privilege of making stuff to sell in your own home, that's why. When it's easier to wear garbage than to make something that looks decent, that's why.

I used to do flea markets 15 - 20 years ago, and people used to look at my hand made jewelry and sneer, saying they could buy "better" for less at WalMart. No, assholes, you can't. You can buy mass produced crap at WalMart and Target. I couldn't even make my booth fee. Craft fairs were out of the question - they wanted too much money for the privilege of being sneered at.

Now, at least there is a resurgence in interest in hand crafts, in things like knitting and quilting, and sites like Etsy.com. I'm hoping that American cottage industry comes back, that people with money not time start putting that money back into the US economy, not send it overseas, and the people with time not money start spending their time making things for sale.

Someone was commenting about them outlawing plastic grocery bags. A sucky idea, even though I actually like reusable bags, and try to remember to bring mine, I don't like being ordered to do so. But to crochet a string bag only takes me a few hours, and not all at one sitting. If you do it while commuting by bus or train, you can churn out about one a week. All you need is a cone of butcher's twine - between 16 and 30 ply - and a G or H crochet hook (size depending on the thickness of the twine). It's time you would otherwise be sitting around.

So if you have money, not time, spend it on stuff made where you live, please. The livelihood you save may be a friend. Plus, it's "greener" - it didn't have to be shipped from sweatshopland in nasty plastic packaging that cuts you.
Yesterday, I went into Bank of America, and closed my accounts, one of which I had held for 29 years.

Why? Fees, fees, and more fees, plus low interest and asinine policies. They got a bailout, I just bailed.

I now have a credit union account, with online access and bill pay. I will save nearly $20 a month.

When I get a new job, my credit card will get moved to the credit union too, since Chase is being abusive to people. Even the highest credit union interest rate is 5% below Chase.

All I needed to qualify for my credit union account was to live in San Jose, CA.

If you are sick and tired of your bank treating you like an ATM to be squeezed when they can't avoid playing with high risk derivatives and junk paper, check out your local credit union.

They actually define "fiscal conservatism" better than any megabank mogul ever could.
I was going through my email, and noticed that someone had purchased a seed account for me! I checked, and yep, it's there!

♥ To whoever it is, thank you!! ♥
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Apr. 6th, 2009 02:56 pm)
I got laid off today.

I rather expected it - we were actually overstaffed for what they wanted us to do. They were going more toward using the $parentcompany 's infrastructure, which is MicroSoft mostly. I do not excel at end user support.

I have three months severance, with COBRA, so I'm not too close to desperation yet.

So, I'm looking. Linux/Unix sysadmin, including VMWare and RedHat Enterprise Linux. I use Windows through XP, but I'd rather not support it. I have some basic, although dated, Cisco experience. I've tried very hard not to stagnate, so I am familiar with Ruby on Rails and various other admin technologies.

Also, I will be restarting my soap and candle making, maybe some other stuff. My creative itch needs to be scratched something fierce.

So, I'm bummed, and relieved, at the same time. I was there for over 4 years, which is forever in the IT field. I was past the point of burnout.

After a week or two of reset, I will be looking for a new and exciting job where I can once again make a difference. I'm a builder, and expander, not a helpdesk associate, and I know it. I want to build something, or take it from startup to world class.
Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980: While this allowed a few better banking services (for higher fees), it is also why savings account interest rates dropped like a rock (from 5% or 0.5%) while credit card rates rose. Where'd the money go? Into shareholders' pockets! The customer got screwed coming and going.

< href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garn-St._Germain_Depository_Institutions_Act">the Garn-St. Germain Depository Institutions Act of 1982: This piece of work was a Reagan Administration pet, and led almost directly to the Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980s - after Reagan was no longer in office, but his ideological heirs were still going strong. The S&L problem was chalked up to an anomaly, a few "bad actors", and the Republicans were never held accountable.

Instead, they dismantled *more* of the depression era regulation that was designed to prevent our current crisis with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999. A pile of Republicans, riding high on their "Contract OnWith America" and their ongoing witch hunt of the Clintons, pushed this doozy through with enough votes to override a veto, even if Clinton could have with them digging into his private sex life.

Because of this, the Republicans and their corporate sponsors (and the Democrats that sold out to the megacorps) undid all of the Depression era legislation that was put in place after the last great financial meltdown (which was global then, too) to prevent it from happening again.

They all knew why the legislation had passed, they just either a) didn't care, as long as they and theirs got rich, or b) assumed that it couldn't, wouldn't happen again. I'm inclined to believe "a)" out of the Republicans, and "b)" out of the Democrats. (Yes, I'm saying Republicans are avaricious and Democrats are stupid.) But the majority behind this crap were Republicans.

Yes, some of the regulations were dated, but they threw out most the meat with the bones in the stock.

So, when the financial ship of state runs aground, the Republicans put up up washed up candidates for election, hoping that they won't be stuck holding the bag. It worked. Even if Obama was a Saint, with the capital S and all, he would not be able to stop the meltdown. The seeds for the disaster were sown by the Reaganites in the 80s, and watered very, very well by the Gingrich cohort and their Contract On America.

IMO, any institution that requires bailout money that exists because of these deregulations should be denied. They asked for this, they wanted it, they should bear the consequences.
In the world of common sense, this statement would be obvious: "Too Big To (allow to) Fail" is "Too Big To (allow to) Exist". Otherwise, you are always on the hook for bailouts and concessions to these institutions. Simple, no?

But Washington, DC and Wall Street don't live in the land of common sense. They live in the land of automatic welfare for megacorporations, but no welfare for the poor or out of work. They live in the land of socialized corporate losses and bailouts, but no "socialism" for the citizen regardless of the social good. They live in the land of what's good for big business is good for everybody, even when it isn't. They live in a land where obscene profits are a "right", but a roof over your head, food in your belly, and care for your health are unearned "entitlements" and "privileges", to be doled out by your corporate masters for good consumer behavior.

When they repealed Glass-Stegal, (look up Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act) they lined their own pockets, created the "too big to fail" (or be regulated) monster, and doomed us and future generations to indenture to international corporate interests. The "Reagan revolution" had "succeeded", for those who were behind the revolution. The rest of us a stuck paying the bill.

I have nothing against real businesses, that either produce real goods or real services. But when corporate quarterlies are more important than giving value to customers for money, it's not a real business any more, it's a leech on society.

When the average person can't understand "complex" securities, it indicates that those financial instruments are probably funny money, and possibly fraudulent. The kind of companies whose "lifeblood" is trading paper and promises need to be eliminated - broken up, regulated,or closed with their corporate charter revoked. Enron, WorldCom, AIG, and others like them need to be stopped before they suck more of our real wealth into their maw.

Those who trade in pure paper (CDOs, SIVs, futures, etc), not backed by real goods or real services, need to be run out of business (and out of town) on a rusty rail.

Paper burns at 451° F - phony, made-up "securities" aren't even worth the paper they're printed on. Burn them for fuel.
I Don't Care About AIG's Bonuses

Well, I do, and I still care about the trillions of dollars wasted in Iraq - including those pallets of cash (over half of which probably went into AlQ's pockets, as a "thanks" for helping keep the Bushies in power) and sweetheart contracts to Haliburton, KBR and Blackwater!

IMO, the GOP is pushing this crap to a frenzy to a) bring down Obama in revenge for him actually winning, b) distract people from demanding an accounting for their activities in Iraq and Afghanistan, c) distract pedople from their own corruption, and d) as a way of pissing in the well that they have been made to realize that they no longer own.

The pigopolists and the GOP need to worry about this strategy, though, because once people start asking those hard questions, it is very hard to stop it. The obscene costs and shady deals of the Iraq mess *will* be brought up, again and again, until we get the real answers. If the Obama administration and Congress don't want to get answers for us, then we will keep dumping incumbents out until we find those who will.

"I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant." Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, apocryphal
When Mr. & Ms. Main Street had problems with unemployment, insolvency, medical costs and debt starting in 2000 and onward, you told your flunkies in Congress "Tough. Let the Market™ Decide". You bade them pass legislation making it harder for individuals to file a clean bankruptcy, and they bowed and did it. You told me "It doesn't matter if you're unemployed, you still owe us money. Borrow from family, get a loan, yada yada". When Citi fucked me over on the one card I was keeping current because of other cards deliquent, they said "Touigh. It's just business. It's our rules. Pay your bills now."
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Wells Fargo Assails TARP, Calls Stress Test ‘Asinine’ (Update1)

Well, asshole, if you don't need the money, then give it back. You don't like the government conditions, don't stick your fucking snout in the government trough, pig.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Mar. 16th, 2009 10:31 am)
These guys have chutzpah. Bailout upon bailout, but they pay "retention bonuses" to the same whackadoodle traders in phony paper (Credit Default Swaps, securitized mortgages) that caused this mess. Then they take the bailout money and pay foreign banks and Golman Sachs (a very politically connected bank, especially with Republicans.)

The thing that chaps my butt is the payouts to foreign banks. Why the fucks should American taxpayers be essentially bailing out foreign banks that got greedy and bought crap? Caveat Emptor, fuckers. We are taking the hit, both in our investment portfolios (most 401Ks have junk CDOs and CDSs in them), and in our taxpayer debt.

We are NOT bailing out the entire fucking world, damnit! We can't afford it!
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Feb. 20th, 2009 11:04 am)
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Assuming 2+ million win:
1) Pay the taxes on it
2) Pay off all my debt
3) Buy a house, a vacation/retirement property, and maybe a rental property
4) Set up annuity type fund to pay living expenses (food, utilities, taxes, car, mom) and medical insurance
5) Quit my job
6) Buy a Kindle, a DSLR, and more geek toys
7) Set up a medical trust
8) If there's enough money left, start a small business

Basically, pay what I owe, buy property, set up living expenses, then cut loose and go for toys. Start at the top of the list, and keep going until the money's gone/allocated.
ravan: by ravan (stormclouds)
( Nov. 28th, 2008 11:45 am)
Wal=Mart Employee Trampled to Death by Customers - you mean "Animals", don't you??

The person wasn't even a Wal-Mart regular - he was a temp agency employee, probably desperate for the work. I know when I had to take that type of job during the holidays I was. I hated it, and I hated the people coming through. They were rude, nasty and mean animals.

My heart goes out to his friends and family. I think everyone in that crowd who stepped on him or pushed the people in front of them deserves to be charged as an accessory to murder. The store manager who was responsible for setting up the security and crowd control, as well as his being assigned there, should get the full murder rap.

Lesson: Stay home on "Black Friday". If you work retail, make sure you have armor between you and the great unwashed hordes. The life you save may be your own.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Sep. 29th, 2008 09:29 pm)
Wall Street is crashing, the stock-heads are wailing of doom.

I got two calls from headhunters today.

Somehow I get the felling that now the fat cats know that J. Q Taxpayer won't be their bitch, they might actually work out a solution to their own fuckups. Necessity, and fat cats wanting to keep their loot, will do wonders for our economy.

If it doesn't, well, a nice big dose of reality and re-regulation is in store for the jackals of finance.
ravan: (451F)
( Sep. 29th, 2008 12:08 pm)
Just say NO!!

The more I think about this mess, the less and less I like it.

None of the proposals protect Main Street from Wall Street.

None of them re-regulate the greedy bastards who did this.

None of them protect and help homeowners.

No Fucking Bailout with Taxpayer Money!!!
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Sep. 22nd, 2008 12:48 pm)
The more I read about the details of this fucking bailout plan, the less I like it.

Yeah, if there's no bailout, the markets will crash, and the world will be very unhappy. BUT, any bailout will just reward the very people who've fucked us all over for years, with fantasy investment products and phony paper.

The people who perpetrated this fraud must pay the price, not have their pockets re-lined with taxpayer money after they've squandered investor capital.

This Jane Q Taxpayer wants all of those fancy pants brokers and shills and their CEOs to be out of work. These investment and credit bankers have beggared a generation of Americans, made us into a nation of debtors, sold us a bill of goods and then made it harder to start over with bankruptcy.

Actions have consequences, damnit, and the Paulson plan plain SUCKS!!!

No bailout without these items:
  1. Strong congressional oversight - no closed door deals.
  2. Equity for taxpayer cash - no equity stake in the company, no bailout money.
  3. Salary caps for executives of any company receiving federal funds - they get federal assistance, they get GS pay.
  4. Firms under bailout/restructuring can't dispense golden parachutes - standard severance of 1 week's pay for year of service.
  5. All non-real securities are deprecated and not sold - futures, derivatives, anything that requires an MBA to see the actual, hard value in.

Pass these 5 around.
The Bush government is now busy telling us that our economy is great, and that they can fix what ails it. Bullshit.

They started the foreplay on the economic fuckover with Reaganomics (trickle down, my ass). They stripped us bare with the Rethuglican "Contract WithOn America". Now, as they are about to come screaming "Oh, thank you God for the profits", we realize that we, the citizens and taxpayers of the US, are the stars in a bizarre economic snuff flick scripted out by rich, Republican run corporations and institutes.

When management has to tell employees "Oh, yeah, we're really solvent, we have money in the bank, yada yada", that means "We're losing our shirt, about to do layoffs, but don't want you to leave before we stiff you on your last paycheck."

When the government tells its citizens "Oh, the economy is sound, the fundamentals are great, it's just a minor correction.", that means "Your investments are screwed, your pension is screwed, you'd do better stuffing cash in a mattress, but we don't want you to panic because our rich pals would lose too and you'd stand us all up against the wall."

Same type of bullshit, different scale.

Please get this through your head - Banks Are Failing!! Even if these behemoth financial institutions built on slick Ponzi schemes are bailed out, they are still failed. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have failed, and had to be bailed out with your money. AIG has been "rescued" - with your money. Will John Q Taxpayer see any return on that investment? No. Just like Iraq has been another colossal waste of taxpayer funds, so is the Big Bank Bailout of 2008. The Bridge to Nowhere hasn't got anything on this bunko scam - at least building it would have put cash into the pockets of the workers who built it!!. Bailouts are just a fancy way of playing disappearing Houdini tricks with our money, and the money of the next three generations of Americans!

Have money in 401Ks? You are now paying twice (once with your contribution, again as a taxpayer when the funds in your portfolio get bailed out) for a loss of value. Great, huh?

If you will check this post from nine months ago, you will see that I told you so.

Yeah, the feds are "bailing out" the financial giants - but they aren't fixing the hole in our economy, so the rest of us will sink, homeless, jobless and penniless, into a sea of debt and poverty, while the rich will drink champagne in their reserved lifeboats.

Until we flip them over, that is...


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