Foxconn replaces '60,000 factory workers with robots' - BBC News - Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn has reportedly replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots.One factory has "reduced employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000 thanks to the introduction of robots", a government official told the South China Morning Post. From Nony
How Mega Corporations Rigged the H-1B Visa Program at the Expense of Small Business | Liberty Blitzkrieg - Most of you will be at least somewhat familiar with the H-1B visa program, which is meant to provide work-visas for foreign workers skilled in technology and science. The annual quota of these visas is 85,000, and large consulting firms (many of them Indian), are flooding the system with thousands of requests and scooping up a disproportionate share. They are exploiting a loophole which imposes no limits on the amount of visas each individual company can acquire. In fact, the 20 biggest recipients of H-1B visas for 2014 collected 40% of the total, leaving those who need it most left high and dry. From Nony
Sweden is shifting to a 6-hour work day - ScienceAlert - Despite research telling us itâ€™s a really bad idea, many of us end up working 50-hour weeks or more because we think weâ€™ll get more done and reap the benefits later. And according to a study published last month involving 600,000 people, those of us who clock up a 55-hour week will have a 33 percent greater risk of having a stroke than those who maintain a 35- to 40-hour week. From Nony
Private Prisons Threaten To Sue States Unless They Get More Inmates For Free Labor | From the Trenches World Report - Freedom is apparently bad for business. That’s the message from the private prison industry which is threatening to sue states if they don’t start locking more people up.
The private prison companies, well-known for profiting off of incarceration and crime, is now saying that the state’s they have contracted with aren’t keeping up their end of the bargain. The private prisons rely on a certain number of inmates for free and virtually-free slave labor.
Port Lockroy - Port Lockroy Job Advert - TheUK Antarctic HeritageTrust(UKAHT)needs committed individuals(of any nationality, but able toparticipate inselection and training in the UK)to make up a team of four to spend five months(Novemberâ€“March) running the shop, post office, maintenance and museum operation at PortLockroy, on the tiny Goudier Island off the Antarctic Peninsula.Port Lockroyis visited each Australsummer byapprox.18,000 ship-borne visitors amounting to two ship visits per day. During the shortsummer period approximately 70,000 items of mail are cancelled.Goudier Island is also home to2,000gentoopenguins.Living conditionsarecomfortable thoughbasic with no mains power, heat or water,and limited communications From Nony
Henan woman works as cleaner in the day and porn censor at night: Shanghaiist - Wang Shuwei, 40, is from Henan province. For the past 10 years, she's been working as a cleaner in Guangzhou. Recently, however, she picked up another part-time "cleaning" job of sorts. After finishing her day job, Wang heads to an office at an internet company, where she sifts through thousands of pictures on social networking sites to spot and censor pornographic content, NetEase reports. From Nony
Network Administrator Job in Winchester 89109, Nevada US - There is just no point in sugarcoating it; this is anawful job, nobody really wants this job.â€‹ Long hours and possible calls in the middle of the night.â€‹ Stress levels that are off the chart.â€‹ You are personally responsible for keeping the network and servers secure and running at optimum performance in a very busy medical center with many end users.â€‹ From Nony
End-Credits Timelapse in Boxtrolls Brilliantly Reveals the Hidden Labor of Stop Motion Animation - One of the most gratifying aspects of watching stop-motion films is the knowledge that every bit of motion seen on screen is created by human hands, frame by frame, millimeter by millimeter. While an animator might tell you it takes an entire day just to film a 3-second sequence, itâ€™s still difficult to imagine how much physical labor is involved to accomplish it. Lucky for us, the animators behind Laikaâ€™s Boxtrolls snuck in a short post-credits timelapse that reveals a brief glimpse of what happens behind the scenes to make two characters come to life. From Nony
Ello | pftio | Back on the 11th of - Unfortunately for me, there is a two day limit on each task, and once you pass that countdown your invitation expires.Rumour has it that anyone who gets far enough in the challenges gets an interview to work at Google.Happy cracking! From cw
Big increase in surgery to mend flesh tunnel earlobes - After seven unsuccessful job interviews, 24-year-old Luke Clark began to think something other than his CV was playing havoc with his job prospects.Potential employers didnâ€™t seem to like the 4cm â€śflesh tunnelâ€ť holes he had in each ear as much as he did. From Nony
50 Percent Of American Workers Make Less Than 28,031 Dollars A Year - The Social Security Administration has just released wage statistics for 2013, and the numbers are startling. Last year, 50 percent of all American workers made less than $28,031, and 39 percent of all American workers made less than $20,000. If you worked a full-time job at $10 an hour all year long with two weeks off, you would make $20,000. So the fact that 39 percent of all workers made less than that amount is rather telling. This is more evidence of the declining quality of the jobs in this country. In many homes in America today, both parents are working multiple jobs in a desperate attempt to make ends meet. Our paychecks are stagnant while the cost of living just continues to soar. And the jobs that are being added to the economy pay a lot less than the jobs lost in the last recession. In fact, it has been estimated that the jobs that have been created since the last recession pay an average of 23 percent less than the jobs that were lost. We are witnessing the slow-motion destruction of the middle class, and very few of our leaders seem to care. From Nony
Microsoft CEO: Women don't need to ask for raise - Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says women don’t need to ask for a raise. They should just trust the system — one that at technology companies is overwhelmingly male.
“It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along,” he answered. From Anawaram
Government offices around the world - Jan Banning was able to capture government officials in the wild, taking pictures in 8 vastly different countries. All of these people may have desks to sit at, but the offices range from plush to just a table outside. From cw
Surprising salaries for jobs you'd never imagine - Growing up, your parents may have encouraged you to become a doctor or lawyer, careers that elicited prestige and, quite often, were equated with very high pay. But it turns out that your childhood dreams of becoming a carpenter or a crane operator may have served you equally wellâ€”or betterâ€”financially. From cw
Prostitution and the internet: More bang for your buck | The Economist - WARNING: We rarely feel the need to alert readers to explicit content. But our discussion of the online sex trade requires frank language, and some may find the topic distasteful. FOR those seeking commercial sex in Berlin, Peppr, a new app, makes life easy. Type in a location and up pops a list of the nearest prostitutes, along with pictures, prices and physical particulars. Results can be filtered, and users can arrange a session for a â‚¬5-10 ($6.50-13) booking fee. It plans to expand to more cities. From Nony
'Mentally damaged' public servant's win in battle for workers' compensation - A legal win for a public servant left mentally damaged from being told to work a standard five-day week could lead to many more workers' compensation claims, according to the woman's lawyers.Centrelink employee Jenny Pettiford has been off work for 2Â˝ years with anxiety disorder since a meeting in 2011 where managers told her working hours of 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, were ''not negotiable''. From Nony
Walker Art Center's Cat Video Festival needs a coordinator. - There is an actual job listing for an activity most of us with computer-oriented jobs are already getting paid to doâ€”sitting at your desk watching cat videos. The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has been hosting its annual Internet Cat Video Festival, "a celebration of online cat videos," since 2012. And, Internetters rejoice, they are looking for a festival coordinator. From Nony
Making a Living Collecting Cans - Every morning, a dozen men and women line the sidewalk outside the San Francisco Community Recyclers center. Each has a shopping cart or trash bags filled with bottles and cans. From Nony
Original Rosie the Riveter still working aged 93 | Mail Online - When Elinor Otto entered an aircraft assembly factory during World War II, she never imagined that she would still be working as a riveter more than 70 years later.The 93-year-old first joined the workforce as a single mom in 1942, piecing together planes at Rohr Aircraft Corporation in Chula Vista to support the war effort. From Nony
Report: Get Back To Fucking Work - The very latest findings indicate that not one word of what you’re currently reading is even tangentially related to your job, and that you certainly weren’t hired to sit around browsing the goddamn internet all day From Roddy
Police: Oregon panhandlers raking in the green - A police survey says panhandlers outside Wal-Mart in Coos Bay can make $300 a day. Inside, it takes a clerk a week to make that much.Police say people who have a problem with that needn't look to the law - asking for money is considered protected free speech. From Nony
The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery? - There are approximately 2 million inmates in state, federal and private prisons throughout the country. According to California Prison Focus, “no other society in human history has imprisoned so many of its own citizens.” The figures show that the United States has locked up more people than any other country: a half million more than China, which has a population five times greater than the U.S. Statistics reveal that the United States holds 25% of the world’s prison population, but only 5% of the world’s people. From less than 300,000 inmates in 1972, the jail population grew to 2 million by the year 2000. In 1990 it was one million. Ten years ago there were only five private prisons in the country, with a population of 2,000 inmates; now, there are 100, with 62,000 inmates. It is expected that by the coming decade, the number will hit 360,000, according to reports. From Popper
Bootcamp! How Facebook indoctrinates every new engineer it hires | VentureBeat - Early in the morning, 80 developers are sitting in a room at Facebookâ€™s headquarters. Their first task of the day will be to write some code and push it live onto Facebook.com.The catch is, itâ€™s their first day on the job.â€śWelcome to working at Facebook,â€ť intones David Recordon, an engineer leading the new recruits through their very first bootcamp. From Nony
8 | This Is What The Marijuana Industry Really Looks Like - Pot farmers: Theyâ€™re just like every other small-time farmer. Thatâ€™s the sense you get from looking at the images in H. Leeâ€™s Grassland, a series of photos depicting everyday life for marijuana growers in Californiaâ€™s so-called "Emerald Triangle"--Mendocino, Humboldt, and Trinity counties, which produce the bulk of marijuana sold legally in the state. From Nony
8 | This Is What The Marijuana Industry Really Looks Like - Pot farmers: Theyâ€™re just like every other small-time farmer. Thatâ€™s the sense you get from looking at the images in H. Leeâ€™s Grassland, a series of photos depicting everyday life for marijuana growers in Californiaâ€™s so-called "Emerald Triangle"--Mendocino, Humboldt, and Trinity counties, which produce the bulk of marijuana sold legally in the state. From Nony
LiveLeak.com - Brain washing Chinese Waiters - in china,we just make money to keep alive.we got brain locked up by the fuckin boss to be a money making bot,our happiniess is to be the bot,you know that not every one have the chance to be bot,we got bot meanning we got fuckin money to alive and maybe this is the only way to keep alive if you have not enough to treat boss.....now i translate some part of my vid:we all know that we are not the most beautiful sales girl or waitters,we all know that maybe our customer do not understand our honestďĽŚbut we must do our best to try to treat customer best! we have faith ,we have comfidence,we have enough passion to treat them, we must belive that they will accept us.I don't think you've ever seen waiters getting trained like this.... made in China mainland From Nony
Workplace discrimination prompts 'whitened' job applications - Jorden Berkeley, a black 22-year-old university graduate from London, spent four months applying for jobs but getting no responses from bigger companies, and offers from elsewhere that were limited to unpaid work experience.
Then a careers adviser suggested Miss Berkeley drop her first name and start using her middle name, Elizabeth. From Popper
Walmart Retaliates Against Black Friday Activists -
As Black Friday approached, the honchos at Walmart, the largest employer in the United States, found themselves at a loss to respond to a nationwide rebellion within the ranks of their near-captive workers -- people who work for an average wage of $8.81 per hour , according to The National Memo, often in areas where Walmart is the only game in town for a job if you don’t have a college degree (or even if you do). And so it seems they started making stuff up, and pulling strings -- in at least two locations -- to get local police to do their bidding. From Popper
A Real-Life Robinson Crusoe Lives on His Own Island - In an article for The Sydney Morning Herald titled The Last Days of Eden, photographer Brian Cassey documents the magnificent life of former businessman David Glasheen, now known as Australia's real-life Robinson Crusoe. After ending his marriage and losing millions of dollars in the stock market crash of 1987, Glasheen up and left his corporate life in Sydney for one of a self-sufficient man on his own personal oasis. The photojournalist joined Glasheen there on Restoration Island, an empty tropical retreat that sits 1,500 miles off the coast of Brisbane, giving us an inside look at his interesting lifestyle. From Nony
53% of Americans no longer have dinner seated at an ironing board. Some still eat tuna fish. « Margaret and Helen - An entry level job at Staples pays between $7 and $9 an hour. If you do the math, that’s between $15,000 and $19,000 a year. The poverty level in America for a family of three is $18,530. As long as those hard-working Staples employees believe in birth control and don’t have any kids, they can stay just above the poverty level. Success! Vote Republican and wait for your tax cut to arrive in the mail.
Of course, you’ll be waiting quite a bit longer for that tax cut than your boss, the CEO of Staples, who made $9 million dollars last year. I wonder who that guy is voting for? From Nony
Economic Failure: 58 Percent Of The Jobs Being Created Are Low Paying Jobs - Are you good at flipping burgers , waiting tables or stocking shelves? Are you proficient with a cash register? Do you enjoy doing mindless work for very low pay? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you are probably going to fit in very well in the new U.S. economy. According to a report that has just been released by the National Employment Law Project, 58 percent of the jobs that have been created since the end of the recession have been low paying jobs. So exactly what is a low paying job? Well, the National Employment Law Project defines it as a job with an hourly wage between $7.69 and $13.83. But of course you can't pay a mortgage or support a family on $13.83 an hour. Even if you got full-time hours the entire year, you would make less than $28,000 on an annual basis. The federal poverty level for a family of five is $27,010. So needless to say, most of these new jobs are not paying enough to support a middle class lifestyle. This represents an economic failure on a fundamental level. Our economy is producing very few good jobs that enable people to be able to raise families and live the American Dream. The ranks of "the working poor" are exploding and the number of Americans that are dependent on the government is sitting at an all-time record. Sadly, if current trends continue things are going to get a lot worse. From Nony
Foxconn Technology Group's investment of up to $10 billion in Indonesia will allow the main supplier of Apple Inc to tap one of the cheapest labour forces in Asia and a duty-free zone of some 600 million consumers.
Such cost savings could be vital for the mass producer, which relies on economies of scale to survive. Foxconn has seen rising wages and labour unrest at its main factories in China and has declared a strategy to diversify its production into other Asian markets. From Popper
For $240, Dude Will Watch You Have Sex And Tell You What You're Doing Wrong - When a publicist contacted us to spread the word about a GQ profile on a sex coach who "literally paces the sidelines of your bed, calling the plays and (gently) critiquing your moves," we were skeptical. Then we clicked through, and boy howdy—the flack really was using the word "literally" literally. Area man Eric Amaranth gets paid—and paid well—to teach couples (and individuals) how to have sex (or masturbate). For an extra $50 he probably teaches you how to breathe through your nose, too! From Popper
Do rich people create jobs?- MSN Money - Rich people don't create jobs, nor do businesses, large or small. What does lead to more employment is a "circle of life" like feedback loop between customers and businesses. And only consumers can set in motion this virtuous cycle of increasing demand and hiring. In this sense, an ordinary middle-class consumer is far more of a job creator than a capitalist like me. From Nony
So You Want to Become a Mariner? | gCaptain - Maritime & Offshore - So you got it somewhere in your head that a life at sea is for you. The constant adventure, interesting port calls, the mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets on the water, the never-ending sea stories to tell those back home are all you can think about.Youâ€™ve watched too many movies. From X Isle
History of union busting in the United States - The history of union busting in the United States dates back to the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century which produced a rapid expansion in factories and manufacturing capabilities. As workers moved away from farm work to factories, mines and other hard labor, they faced harsh working conditions such as long hours, low pay and health risks. Children and women worked in factories and generally received lower pay than men. The government did little to limit these injustices. Labor movements in the industrialized world developed that lobbied for better rights and safer conditions. Shaped by wars, depressions, government policies, judicial rulings, and global competition, the early years of the battleground between unions and management were adversarial and often identified with aggressive hostility. Contemporary opposition to trade unions known as union busting started in the 1940s and continues to present challenges to the labor movement. Union busting is a term used by labor organizations and trade unions to describe the activities that may be undertaken by employers, their proxies, workers and in certain instances states and governments usually triggered by events such as picketing, card check, organizing, and strike actions. Labor legislation has changed the nature of union busting, as well as the organizing tactics that labor organizations commonly use. From 8885
WRC report says Walmart benefits from labor abuses in supply chain - The workers report that their employer and supervisors “forced them to work up to 24‐hour shifts with no overtime pay, locked them in the plant, threatened them with beatings to make them work faster, and threatened violence against their families back in Mexico after workers contacted law enforcement out of desperation.” From 8885
New York man makes $500 a week from gold in pavement cracks - It turns out the streets of New York really are paved with gold - as long as you don't mind searching for it on your hands and knees.Raffi Stepanian, a self-styled urban prospector, has discovered enough tiny jewellery fragments hidden in the sidewalks of the city's Diamond District to make a living.Using nothing more than a Styrofoam cup, tweezers and a butter knife, he collects hundreds of dollars worth of gold, diamonds and rubies each week. From Nony
Mitt Romney's Bain invested in companies that specialize in moving jobs overseas - While Bain was not the largest player in the outsourcing field, the private equity firm was involved early on, at a time when the departure of jobs from the United States was beginning to accelerate and new companies were emerging as handmaidens to this outflow of employment.
This definitely started under Mitt Romney's reign at Bain From Popper
AllGov - News - Of the Richest Countries, Only the U.S. Doesn%u2019t Guarantee Paid Sick Days - What do workers in Belgium, Finland, Germany and the United Kingdom have that their counterparts in the United States donâ€™t? Mandatory paid sick leave. The U.S. is currently the only one of 22 industrialized nations that does not require employers to provide guaranteed paid sick time. ++++ I give my employees paid sick days. Now here is something we you USE OUR TAX DOLLARS for. Not on having the stupid navy floating around impressing some local sheep herders. From Taxpayer
The top 10 dying industries in the United States - The Washington Post - A new report (pdf) from IBIS World looks at 10 industries in the United States that are demonstrating, as the researchers put it, â€śexceptionally sour performance.â€ť Some are suffering from trade competition, some â€” like video rental â€” from the advent of new technology. Hereâ€™s the list: From Nony
What Is America's Hardest-Working Town? - Nice, some site reminding me I work too hard.
What started as a Dutch trading post in 1623 has become one of America's hardest-working towns in 2012. A lot of that is thanks to the insurance industryâ€”called the "Insurance Capital of the World"â€” tracing its roots to the creation of the Hartford Fire Insurance Group of 1810. Today, the people of Connecticut's capital still know how to work hard. Hartford ranked second on our list of willingness to give up personal time for work. From cw
Apple gadget maker has 'significant' labor issues: audit - Employees at each of the factories exceeded a work-week limit of 76 hours set by Chinese law and, in some cases, worked more than seven days straight without a required 24-hour break, according to the Fair Labor Association. Along with excessive overtime and not always compensating workers properly for extra hours that were put in, the nearly month-long investigation uncovered health and safety risks and "crucial communication gaps." From Popper
Phony Facts - Anyone who is unemployed and has not looked for a job in the previous four weeks is dropped from the government's officially unemployed numbers and is moved into a third category -- "not in the labor force." Millions of discouraged workers unable to find a job are no longer counted as unemployed. About 88 million people - a record high -- are designated as "not in the labor force." When the government eliminates workers from the "unemployed" category it can mathematically make the unemployment rate drop. Even if it hasn't. The feds removed more than 1.25 million people from the "unemployed" category in just the month of January -- and presto -- the unemployment rate dropped. A more accurate number is the unemployed, plus the underemployed and part-time workers. This figure is 15.1%. From Nony
I%u2019m paid Ł25,000 to test SEX TOYS - NAT GARVEY would not have batted an eyelid if a vibrator had gone off in her bag at an airport.She has put more than 1,000 sex toys to the test, as well as PVC outfits and saucy undies, in her job trialling products for an internet firm.Single Nat helps judge what adult shop Passion should stock after landing the "perfect" Ł25k-a-year job more than two years ago. From Nony
Recent College Graduates Making 8-11% Less Than They Did 10 Years Ago - The Consumerist - To the graduating class of 2012: All that money you or your parents have spent or borrowed to pay your tuition for the past few years? It's not getting the same return on investment it did a decade ago.According to the folks at the Economic Policy Institute, the average inflation-adjusted wage for male college graduates aged 23 to 29 was $21.68/hour. That's an 11% over decline over the last ten years. And while wages for females in the same age and education group are only down 7.6% during that same time period, women still make significantly less on average ($18.80/hour).As for those people who choose to go straight from high school into the workforce, the average wage for males aged 19-25 dropped 10% to $11.68/hour. Females in this age and education group saw a similar drop of 9.2% to $9.92/hour. From X Isle
Crazy Stuff People Do To Get Jobs - It's a particularly difficult time to get a job right now, and we know this because we're actually trying to get our jobs as the spokesguys for Sonic back. But once we heard some of the crazy stunts people pulled to solidify employment for themselves, we realized we had no choice but follow their lead. From Nony
Economists Scoff at Job-Creation Myths - Mitt Romney’s campaign would have you believe that every job lost over the past three years is President Barack Obama’s fault. That includes the 820,000 jobs lost in January 2009, even though Obama didn’t become president until the 20th of the month.
It includes the 726,000 jobs lost in February 2009, before any of Obama’s policies had gone into effect. This suggests that Romney holds a deeply ambitious view of a president’s power to influence the labor market -- a view, as we’ll see, that’s not shared by economists who were responsible for White House economic policies in recent administrations. From Nony
USA: Computer Professionals Update Act - A bill is currently making its way through the United States Senate that effectively eliminates overtime pay for IT professionals. The important text of the bill is: From cw
Looking At Unemployment By Age, Education And Duration : Planet Money : NPR - The chart above shows the number of people officially counted in the unemployment rate as well as what the BLS calls the U-6. The U-6 includes people who are not "actively" looking for work as well as people who aren't able to find enough work â€” people working part-time who want to be full-time. The U-6 rate for November is a much higher number than the official unemployment rate â€” 15.6 percent. From cw
NASA - NASA Accepting Applications For Future Astronauts - Do you dream of flying in space? Now is your chance. NASA is accepting applications for the agency's next class for the Astronaut Candidate Program.Starting today, qualified individuals can submit their applications through the federal government's USAJobs.gov website. Those selected will be among the first to pioneer a new generation of commercial launch vehicles and travel aboard a new heavy-lift rocket to distant destinations in deep space. From Nony
Local News | Farm-labor shortage a crisis, Gregoire says - WASHINGTON — With too few hands to pick the apples in Washington state, Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire says the farm-labor shortage has prompted a crisis.In the Wenatchee Valley east of the Cascade Mountains, apple growers have posted their help-wanted signs across the countryside. And for the first time in years, growers in the state have launched a radio campaign, offering pay of $120 to $150 a day, but there have been few takers, much to the governor's regret. From Nony
Reading, Pa., Tops List Poverty List, Census Shows - Ashley Kelleher supports her family on the $900 a month she earns as a waitress at an International House of Pancakes. Louri Williams packs cakes and pies all night for $8 an hour, takes morning classes, and picks up her children in the afternoon. Teresa Santiago takes complaints from building supply customers for $10 an hour, not enough to cover her $1,900 in monthly bills. From Nony
Insomnia Affects 23% Of US Workforce, Costing $63.2 Billion Annually - The average American worker loses 11.3 days in lost productivity annually because of insomnia; that is equivalent to a loss of $2,280 each, researchers report in the journal Sleep. Insomnia is a condition characterized by difficulty falling asleep and remaining asleep. It includes a wide spectrum of sleep disorders, from not enough sleep to lack of quality sleep. From Nony
Paid for Doing Nothing: Suspended Office Assistant Kept Getting Checks for 12 Years - For the last 12 years, a Virginia woman hasn't set foot in her office and has done zero work, yet she's been collecting an annual salary that has totaled more than $300,000. Recently, the bookkeeping mistake was discovered and her payments were discontinued, but now she's filing for wrongful termination and unemployment benefits! From cw
Port Lincoln man shaves for the first time in 41 years | Adelaide Now - THEY'VE been married for 35 years, but until Friday night, Sue King had never seen her husband Rod's face.That's because the 59-year-old Port Lincoln man hadn't shaved in 41 years.After side-stepping his work's clean-shaven policy for a decade, Mr King finally had to toe the company line to keep his job and shaved off his 20cm-long beard. From Nony
Naked Coders - A Buckinghamshire web software company is looking for fellow nudist to fill a few positions in the expanding company. A number of roles are available, Nude House is looking for 17 able-bodied nudist to fill positions like Sales, Programming, Technical Support. Nude House is a company entirely composed of naturist. Customer interactions are usually over the phone or internet so the customers can keep their cloths on. From cw
Families Face Dire Straits After Online Poker Shutdown - On April 15, the government cracked down on online poker. To most, this simply marked the prohibition of an online pastime. But for a reported tens of thousands of Americans, the day the government indicted the three major U.S. poker Web site operators -- PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker -- on charges of bank fraud and money laundering was indeed an exceedingly bleak one.The crackdown stripped the players of their primary source of income. For players like Mogelefsky, a young father of two, it brought something still worse â€“ the loss of his family's livelihood. From Nony
Social Security deficits now 'permanent' - Washington Times - Social Security will run a permanent yearly deficit when looking at the program’s tax revenues compared to what it must pay out in benefits, the program’s trustees said Friday in a report that found both the outlook for Social Security and Medicare, the two major federal social safety-net programs, have worsened over the last year. From Nony
Why is America the 'no-vacation nation'? - Let's be blunt: If you like to take lots of vacation, the United States is not the place to work.Besides a handful of national holidays, the typical American worker bee gets two or three precious weeks off out of a whole year to relax and see the world -- much less than what people in many other countries receive.And even that amount of vacation often comes with strings attached. From cw
Indian police given moustache pay - Police in a district in India's Madhya Pradesh state are being paid to grow moustaches because bosses believe it makes them command more respect.Ten policemen in the northern state are already receiving 30 rupees (66 US cents) every month for their efforts. From cw
Nude house job: undress to impress - THOSE who enjoy power dressing - or wearing clothes of any kind, for that matter - need not apply. A software company boss has placed an advertisement for female office staff to work in the nude.Chris Taylor, 63, is looking for naturists to apply for ÂŁ24,000 ($37,600)-a-year roles as web coders and sales executives at his office in Buckinghamshire.His company, Nude House, is thought to be the only business in the world where none of the staff wear clothes. From Nony
'We'll pay you 400,000 yen a day': Fukushima Daiichi's desperate need of workers - Few people would dare get anywhere near the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors, where men working under very difficult conditions endure dangerous levels of radiation.
Offers of salaries as high as 400,000 yen (about $4,850) per day have been made to find workers brave enough to do the job that nobody wants, according to an article in Tokyo Shimbun: From Popper
Sales of new U.S. homes tumble 16.9% to record low - Sales of new single-family homes collapsed in February, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday, as a combination of high unemployment, tumbling prices and a glut of cheaper alternatives brought activity to a near-standstill.
Florida: Jilted granny shoots at man who refused her a kiss - A 92-year-old grandmother was arrested for her actions after a neighbor would not give her a kiss.Helen Staudinger of McCoy, Florida wanted a kiss from her 53-year-old neighbor. He refused and told Staudinger that he had a girlfriend.That did not sit well with the grandmother, so she pulled a gun. From Nony
Unemployment rises in nearly all metro areas - Unemployment rose in nearly all of the 372 largest U.S. cities in January compared to the previous month, mostly because of seasonal changes such as the layoff of temporary retail employees hired for the holidays.
What do you think Az? Should I ask them to help me sort out the rocks here on the island? From Nony
Google's 8-Point Plan to Help Managers Improve - IN early 2009, statisticians inside the Googleplex here embarked on a plan code-named Project Oxygen.Their mission was to devise something far more important to the future of Google Inc. than its next search algorithm or app.They wanted to build better bosses. From cw
Welfare State: Handouts Make Up One-Third of U.S. Wages - Government payouts—including Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance—make up more than a third of total wages and salaries of the U.S. population, a record figure that will only increase if action isn’t taken before the majority of Baby Boomers enter retirement.
Everybody needs to get a second job. From Roddy
Make some $ volunteering for a clinical study - ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. This information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals. From cw
GOP spending plan would cost 700,000 jobs, new report says - The report, by Moody's Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi, offers fresh ammunition to Democrats seeking block the Republican plan, which would terminate dozens of programs and slash federal appropriations by $61 billion over the next seven months.
Vote GOP, they care about the little man! LOL From Nony
Hotel staff fed up with Valentine's stains - Valentine's Day is a time for love, but Melbourne hotel workers say they are fed up with cleaning rooms covered in fruits, chocolates and other things."For us, Valentine's Day means flower petals scattered all over the floors, spilt champagne everywhere and some very questionable stains all over the beds, but no extra time to clean," said one Hilton Hotel room attendant. From Nony
Boomerang kids: 85% of college grads move home - Getting a degree used to be a stepping stone to limitless career opportunities. Now it's more of a hiatus from living under your parents' roof.
Stubbornly high unemployment -- nearly 15% for those ages 20-24 -- has made finding a job nearly impossible. And without a job, there's nowhere for these young adults to go but back to their old bedrooms, curfews and chore charts. Meet the boomerangers. From Popper
The Myth of 'American Exceptionalism' Implodes - everything changed. Real wages stopped rising, as US capitalists redirected their investments to produce and employ abroad, while replacing millions of workers in the US with computers. The US women's liberation moved millions of US adult women to seek paid employment. US capitalism no longer faced a shortage of labor.
US employers took advantage of the changed situation: they stopped raising wages. When basic labor scarcity became labor excess, not only real wages, but eventually benefits, too, would stop rising. Over the last 30 years, the vast majority of US workers have, in fact, gotten poorer, when you sum up flat real wages, reduced benefits (pensions, medical insurance, etc), reduced public services and raised tax burdens. In economic terms, American "exceptionalism" began to die in the 1970s. From Popper
Humorous Domino’s Employee Termination Record - According to this recently surfaced Employee Warning Record sheet, a former Domino’s Pizza branch assistant manager was released. The basis of his termination revolves around him coming to work under the influence of some unknown substance, counting to the 47th digit of Pi (or tried to), insulting customers and smearing Chocolate Lava Cake over his face and exclaiming, “I’m Rick James, Bitch”. I think that’s fair grounds for termination, still funny though From Popper
U.S. Payrolls Miss Forecast, Showing Labor Market Recovery May Take Years - Employers in the U.S. added fewer jobs than forecast in December, confirming Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernankeâ€™s view that it could take â€śfour to five more yearsâ€ť for the labor market to completely mend.Payrolls increased 103,000, less than the median projection of 150,000 in a Bloomberg News survey, Labor Department figures showed yesterday in Washington. The jobless rate fell to 9.4 percent, partly reflecting a shrinking workforce as discouraged Americans stopped looking for work. From Nony
How to get paid to do nothing - Some years ago I had a colleague I'll call June. It seemed that every time I went to the ladies' room, June was there, applying mascara, combing her long, dark tresses and chatting. She also spent lots of time out on the sidewalk smoking, and in the cafeteria. Exceedingly friendly and warm, she knew everyone and devoted much of her day to catching up on their personal news. What she didn't spend much time on was work. A guy who sat in the cubicle next to hers once told me that he estimated she put in just two hours a day of what could be described as productive labor.
A Look in to Laziness In The Workplace - You ever sit at your desk and wonder how much of your time at work goes into doing absolutely nothing productive? Thanks to Online MBA, weâ€™ve gathered up the statistics and now itâ€™s about time you learned how much of your day is spent being lazy and useless.
This true Azprick? Just asking since you are the local expert in laziness From Nony
Fishing for bodies on China's Yellow River - On the banks of the Yellow River, Wei Xinpeng draws on a cigarette as he casts his eye over the murky waters.The 55-year-old is a boatman here. But he plies a gruesome trade.For Mr Wei does not look for fish in these waters. Instead, he pulls human bodies out the river, which he then sells back to grieving families."I bring dignity to the dead," says Mr Wei. From Nony
Goodbye, middle class - It wasn't that long ago that Republicans talked about shrinking government down to where it could be drowned in the bathtub.That's exactly what's happening now to the middle class. It's being shrunk by the low-wage global labor pool. If we keep going this way, the influence of the middle class as a voting bloc will, eventually, be drowned in the gold-plated bathtub of the country's monied interests.
25 years ago I typeset a keynote speech for American Express saying similar things ... America will have an upper class, then nothing and then more nothing and then a very poor working class ... all thanks to the republicans. From Nony
Feds seek Ebonics experts to help in drug cases - Good thing they are teaching it in the Schools in NY isn't it NeoCon? If you could understand it you could have become a FED worker with a HUGE pension, so you could stop complaining From Nony
Girl quits her job on dry erase board, emails entire office (33 Photos) - We received the following photos last night from a person who works with this girl. Her name is Jenny (not confirmed) - we're working our contact for Jenny's last name. Yesterday morning, Jenny quit her job with a (flash)bang by emailing these photos to the entire office, about 20 employees we're told. Awesome doesn't begin to describe this office heroine. Check back as we will be updating if we get more details.
UPDATE: WE have made contact with Jenny and will be posting a follow-up story tomorrow morning with more information. From popper
Dwindling Retirement Savings 'Undiscussed Explosive Bomb' Of Recession - After working in executive management for over ten years with a steadily increasing salary, Rick Stephens, 51, was laid off from his job in June 2008. Two years of steady unemployment later, he has sold his car, moved in with his 75-year-old father and blown through all his retirement savings to stay afloat. From cw
Right Wing on Unemployed - The people who have been laid off and cannot find work are generally people with poor work habits and poor personalities. I say “generally” because there are exceptions. But in general, as I survey the ranks of those who are unemployed, I see people who have overbearing and unpleasant personalities and/or who do not know how to do a day’s work. From Nony
WalMart braces for end of cheap made-in-China era - Factory workers demanding better wages and working conditions are hastening the eventual end of an era of cheap costs that helped make southern coastal China the world's factory floor.A series of strikes over the past two months have been a rude wakeup call for the many foreign companies that depend on China's low costs to compete overseas, from makers of Christmas trees to manufacturers of gadgets like the iPad. From Nony
Answers From a Window Cleaner - Following is the first set of responses from Andrew Horton, who has been a window cleaner for more than two decades and knows the secrets of the trade and safety practices. From cw
New Jobless Claims Rise Sharply to 472K - The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits jumped last week after three straight declines, another sign that the pace of layoffs has not slowed.Initial claims for jobless benefits rose by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 472,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the highest level in a month and overshadowed a report that consumer prices remain essentially flat. From Nony
NSFW-Fun After Five: Top Ten Amateur Office Sex Videos - We're only assuming any office fucking takes place after five. It could very well have taken place on a lunch break, early in the morning, or on a Saturday. Any moment between photocopying and filing, in fact!There seems to be a lot of downtime and privacy in these offices. Unfortunately, most of us here at Fleshbot work remotely, so we can only live vicariously through these couples, who are lucky and sneaky enough to get it on in their cubicles and corner suites. From Nony
Lazy US spends more than watching TV than working - I just noticed this: the average workweek in the USA has declined to 34.1 hours (see the BLS report: Employment Situation Summary). Last year, the average television viewing time increased to 151 hours per month, or 5.03 hours per day in a 30-day month, which comes out to 35.23 hours per week. We now spend more time watching TV than we spend working. From Nony
Top 25 Worst Jobs to have in 2010 - The worst 25 are quite surprising and their methodology makes me wonder if they took into account things like pensions, vacations and benefits. How else could cops and temporary circus workers rank so closely together? From Popper
New York Democrat Demands More Cross Dressers at Work - "What's most alarming is that President Obama and the Democratic leadership in Congress want to expand these bullying litigation tactics to all 50 states by enacting into federal law a cross-dressing protection act. If Congress approves President Obama's ENDA bill, employers in every state can expect to experience the same expensive, burdensome litigation that has been pursued," he said. From NeoCon
A Showcase of Workstations that'll Make You Jealous - Whether you're a designer, developer, animator, or blogger, your workstation plays a major role in how you get things done. Some of us like a neat, clean, and inspiring workspace, while others require a crazy over-the-top hardware configuration.In this article, we've compiled a showcase of photos that will give you workstation envy. The thing about workstations is that even if you have a nice one, seeing another awesome setup can make you a bit jealous. From cw
Older workers taking jobs from young adults - Young adults in the United States are being squeezed out of the labor force as older workers either delay retirement or seek jobs to rebuild nest eggs destroyed by the recession, a study showed on Wednesday. From Popper
Workers strike over ban on drinking at work - A few hundred warehouse workers and drivers at Danish brewer Carlsberg halted work for a second day on Thursday to protest a company decision to limit beer drinking at work to lunch breaks. From Nony
33 states out of money to fund unemployment benefits - With unemployment still at a severe high, a majority of states have drained their jobless benefit funds, forcing them to borrow billions from the federal government to help out-of-work Americans.A total of 33 states and the Virgin Islands have depleted their funds and borrowed more than $38.7 billion to provide a safety net, according to a report released Thursday by the National Employment Law Project. Four others are at the brink of insolvency.
Toll Collectors Gone Wild - The overwhelming majority of New Jersey state employees are courteous, hard-working individuals eager to aid the public for whom they work. And then there is the small number of toll collectors employed by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority who regularly go rogue on motorists. On the following pages you'll find an entertaining selection of complaint letters sent to turnpike officials by motorists who ran into assorted trouble when trying to pay their way on the Garden State Parkway or the New Jersey Turnpike. More than 550 letters--covering the past 18 months and addressing a variety of types of complaints--were released after TSG filed a freedom of information request with the state authority From Nony
50 Free Career Aptitude Tests That Everyone Should Take - Figuring out what career path you should follow can be a tricky task, and one often riddled with missteps and failed attempts. No matter what youâ€™re pursuing your college degree in, you can find out what kind of careers are best suited to your personality through these helpful online tests. While theyâ€™re not foolproof, they can give you an idea about where your interests can take you and what skills you have that will serve you well on the job. From Nony
FLORIDA Unemployment tax rate jumps up 1,000%! - Florida employers already have a lot to worry about in 2010 — a sluggish economic recovery first and foremost. Now, add to that an unemployment compensation tax rate hike that, in its worst case, could increase their minimum payment by more than 1,000 percent, from $8.40 per employee to $100.30 per employee.
How lovely to run a business in the welcoming low tax republican red states! LOL From Nony
'Weekend effect' makes people happier regardless of their job, study says - From construction laborers and secretaries to physicians and lawyers, people experience better moods, greater vitality, and fewer aches and pains from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, concludes the first study of daily mood variation in employed adults to be published in the January 2010 issue of the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. And that 'weekend effect' is largely associated with the freedom to choose one's activities and the opportunity to spend time with loved ones, the research found.
Doesn't seem to work to NeoCon, but then he doesn't hold a job ... From Nony
Ariz. building jobs trail most of U.S. - Arizona communities are losing construction jobs at levels that exceed much of the rest of the country, according to a new study.The report produced by Associated General Contractors shows the one-year decline for metro Phoenix at 23 percent in the 12 months ending in November - the worst of any major community in the nation.That isn't to say that things are much better elsewhere in Arizona.
NeoCon sure knows where to go live! Soon no water, no jobs ... and a fucked up Sherif ... cool From Nony
Future of America's workforce: permatemps - Careers - You know American workers are in bad shape when a low-paying, no-benefits job is considered a sweet deal. Their situation isn't likely to improve soon; some economists predict it will be years, not months, before employees regain any semblance of bargaining power. That's because this recession's unusual ferocity has accelerated trends â€” including offshoring, automation, the decline of labor unions' influence, new management techniques, and regulatory changes â€” that already had been eroding workers' economic standing. From Nony
Navy attempted suicide rate nearly 3 percent - Navy News, news from Iraq - Navy Times - Sailors attempted to commit suicide at rates significantly higher than the other services in 2008, according to a recent Defense Department-sponsored survey of service members.The Navyâ€™s attempted suicide rate â€” at 2.8 percent, or roughly 1 in every 35 sailors â€” was three times higher than in the previous survey, conducted in 2005.By comparison, the attempted suicide rate in the Army was 2 percent, with the Marine Corps at 2.3 percent and the Air Force at 1.6 percent, according to the 2008 survey.
Join the armed forces and become so happy you want to commit suicide! From Nony
Treadmill Desk - Want to lose up to 57 lbs in one year?Can't find enough time to get to the gym?Spend lots of time in front of a computer?If you answered Yes, Yes and Yes, then welcome to the solution...the Treadmill Desk. From Nony
Nevada: authorities open brothels to male prostitutes - Men may now join the ranks of Nevada’s brothel prostitutes, after a unanimous decision today that added language to health codes so male sex workers could be tested for infectious diseases.
A brothel industry lobbyist -- in what could be considered a befuddling double standard -- bemoaned the change, comparing it to the industry’s “Pearl Harbor.” He managed to voice concerns about homosexual sex entering the industry without ever saying “gay sex” or “homosexual.”
U.S. Joblessness May Reach 13 Percent, - he U.S. unemployment rate may rise to a post-World War II high of 13 percent in the aftermath of the recession, said David Rosenberg, chief economist at Gluskin Sheff
Mission Accomplished. Well done President Bush! From Nony
Sacked- for telling the truth about drugs - The Government's drugs tsar was forced to resign last night for stating his view that cannabis, ecstasy and LSD were less harmful than the legal drugs tobacco and alcohol.The Home Secretary Alan Johnson asked Professor David Nutt to resign as chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), saying he had "lost confidence" in his ability to give impartial advice. From Nony
10,000 apply for 90 factory jobs - In the latest sign of weakness in Louisville-area employment, about 10,000 people applied over three days for 90 jobs building washing machines at General Electric for about $27,000 per year and hefty benefits.
Maybe our trolls should think twice before they shout "lazy bastards should get a job" From Nony
Can't you see I'm Busy! - Home - Play at work without damaging your career! - Welcome to CantYouSeeImBusy.com - the only site where you can play games without your boss noticing. Letâ€™s face it; we all want to relax every now and then, but still want to appear professional or busy! Thatâ€™s why all the games at CantYouSeeImBusy.com are designed in a way that nobody can see that youâ€™re gaming. In fact, your boss and colleagues will think that youâ€™re working harder than ever before. From Nony
Oregon's Unemployment System Overloads - A network system failure at the State Data Center kept the Unemployment Insurance Claims system shut down for 12 hours on Sunday.Craig Spivey with the Oregon Employment Department, says this has resulted in a backlog of traffic that has overwhelmed the telephone systems that deliver calls to the Employment Department's call centers.
Unemployment means less consumption means worse economy - economists are wrong to dismiss unemployment as merely a lagging indicator, a sign of where the economy has been. For the chief executive officer of Pacific Investment Management Co., the 26-year high jobless rate is also an omen of things to come. The climb in the September rate to 9.8 percent, double the level at the start of last year, leaves the U.S. saddled with about 15 million people out of work and with limited prospects. That will further hurt the housing market and weigh on the wages of those still employed, threatening to undercut the economic recovery, according to Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moodyâ€™s Economy.com in West Chester, Pennsylvania. From Nony
Social Security Applications Almost Double Because of Recession - Applications for Social Security benefits rose almost 50 percent more than expected this year because of the recession, according to the federal retirement program.â€śWe are seeing a significant increase in both retirement and disability applications as a result of the recession,â€ť said Mark Lassiter, a Social Security spokesman. From Nony
USA tossing immigrant workers - A clothing maker with a vast garment factory in downtown Los Angeles is firing about 1,800 immigrant employees in the coming days â€” more than a quarter of its work force â€” after a federal investigation turned up irregularities in the identity documents the workers presented when they were hired. From Nony
Americas 20% Unemployment Rate :: SANDERS RESEARCH ASSOCIATES LTD. - Measuring unemployment is an art that can result in widely varied rates. Not surprisingly, the U.S. Government uses a method that excludes millions of Americans seeking employment. This lower rate is used to prove that Americaâ€™s economic system is superior to those in Europe. Their higher unemployment rates are blamed on unions and socialism, which guarantee workers health care and paid vacations. The implication is that while many American workers lack such benefits, at least they have jobs. This argument is faulty since unemployment is measured differently.In the USA, 35% of healthy Americans ages 16-64 are unemployed, but what does that word mean? Millions of women are unemployed as they choose to stay home to raise families. Nevertheless, 25% of healthy American men ages 16-64 are unemployed, yet the U.S. Government reports an unemployment rate of just 8.1%. From Nony
Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation - Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.
Left-Wing Porn Companies Have Unsafe Working Conditions - Former adult film performer Shelly Lubben, founder of the Pink Cross Foundation, said she contracted herpes and became infected with the human papillomavirus, or HPV, while working in the industry and had to have half of her cervix removed.
"We want the fans to know what they're contributing to," she said. "They're demanding harder and grosser porn. We want to educate them to exactly what they're watching -- diseased people. . . . It's illegal for bodily fluids to touch skin, and yet it happens every single day in the porn industry."
Tough times in the porn industry - On a recent Saturday night, Savannah Stern earned $300 to hang out for seven hours at a party in Santa Monica wearing nothing but a feather boa.The veteran of more than 350 hard-core pornography productions took the job to earn extra cash and to network. But the word at the 35th anniversary party for Hustler magazine was not heartening, especially among the roughly 75 other women working there."At least five girls I haven't seen in a while came up to me and said, 'Savannah, are you working?' " said Stern, who started in the industry four years ago and, like most adult performers, uses a stage name. "I had to say, 'No, not really,' and they all said, 'Yeah, I'm not either.' " From Nony
Pink Slip Nation by Gary North - I don't know when the term "pink slip" originated. The term is at least a century old. It refers to a "you're fired" notice.The American economy shows no signs of reversing its relentless increase in the rate of unemployment. Jobs are disappearing at a rate not seen since the 1981â€“82 recession.Companies continue to cut costs by laying off workers. This is the main source of the increase in corporate earnings â€“ not increased output, but decreased output. How is this profitable? Because of increased output per surviving worker. In the midst of recession, businesses are learning how to cut costs. Labor in most businesses is the From Nony
NATIONALGUARD.com | 31E - INTERNMENT / RESETTLEMENT SPECIALIST - Internment / Resettlement Specialists in the Army are primarily responsible for day-to-day operations in a military confinement/correctional facility or detention/internment facility. Internment / Resettlement Specialists provide rehabilitative, health, welfare, and security to US military prisoners within a confinement or correctional facility; provide custody, control, supervision and security to internees within a detention/internment facility; conduct inspections; prepare written reports; coordinate activities of prisoners/internees and staff personnel.
US job cuts, foreclosures mount - This week brought new indications that any economic “recovery” in the US will not be shared by the working class. Telecommunications giant Verizon announced that it would eliminate 8,000 jobs by the end of the year, new data showed that the foreclosure crisis is continuing to mount, and weekly initial jobless benefit claims rose.What is emerging is a protracted period of extremely high unemployment and growing social misery, which will be used to further slash wages, increase productivity and lower the standard of living and social position of the working class.
US turning into 3rd world country with the gap between rich and poor getting bigger and bigger ... Capitalism at it's best! The unemployed should "Rise up and Revolt" Socialism is the new future. From Nony
Unemployed Hit the Road to Find Jobs - With the unemployment rate at 9.4%, some Americans are willing to go wherever they can to nab a job, even if it is temporary. To adapt, they find living quarters near the job in campers or cheap apartments, giving up normal family life for a paycheck, in a contemporary echo of the itinerants who roamed the country for work in the Great Depression......."There is this partial-mobility strategy" now, says demographer William Frey of the Brookings Institution, in which people are starting to move in a makeshift and impermanent fashion. He likens it to the way many Mexican workers come to the U.S. and leave their families behind......Researchers have long documented strains on families that are separated. A study last year by the Rand Corp. think tank found that in families with a member in the military, the spouse at home tended to have poorer mental health and report more behavioral and emotional difficulties among the children than in the general population. Workers who live away from home often say they know of the toll but endure it because they expect the dislocation to end when the recession does. From danomil
A survey of ageing populations: : Work till you drop | The Economist - HOW much golden leisure can you expect at the end of your working life? The OECD has calculated for how many years people in its member countries are now likely to be drawing their pensions, starting not from their official but their actual retirement age. It found that men could look forward to between 14 and 24 years in retirement and women between 21 and 28 (see chart 6). In many countries that was half as long again as in 1970, and in some of them twice as long. And the figures are probably an underestimate because they are based on life expectancy as it is now, not as it will be in future. Retirement has been overdone. The original idea was that people should enjoy a bit of a rest after a life at work, but nobody imagined that the rest would stretch to almost a quarter-century. Some countries have already raised their official retirement age; others are debating whether it still makes sense to have a specific retirement age at all. One widely touted idea is to phase in retirement over a number of years. It does not seem like a good idea for people to be working at full tilt one day and twiddling their thumbs the next. From danomil
America's Convenience Store Workers Risk Death Every Day - In the early 1990s, federal studies showed that grocery and convenience store workers had the fourth highest mortality rate of retail workers (after employees of liquor stores, gas stations, and jewelry stores). But safety training programs for employees have helped lower that risk. Convenience store workers like Fowler know more about protecting themselves against violence at work than they used to, thanks in part to the industry's adoption of employee training classes. From NeoCon
The Great U-Turn - WSJ.com - The developed world, which for decades has offered a difficult but promising path to upward mobility, appears to be losing its allure. Unemployment is rising, and backlashes against foreign workers are mounting.The result is potentially the biggest turnaround in migration flows since the Great Depression, economists say. From danomil
Flickr Hit Hard by Yahoo Layoffs - Yahoo layoffs have started and they seem to have hit the Flickr team. Many engineers from the service have been either laid off or are leaving on their own. Rev Dan Catt, Ashot Petrosian and Neil Kandalgaonkar were amongst those who tweeted about their exits. Catt, for instance, is moving back to UK. I am told Cal Henderson, Flickr Architect â€“ a rock star developer â€” has also left, though I have not been able to confirm that. His name is missing from Flickrâ€™s About page , but I donâ€™t want to jump to conclusions. From cw
Woman watches home invasion on webcam - Jeanne Thomas was sitting at her desk at work when she decided to check the security camera that she installed in her home. The Thomas home had been burglarized before, so she installed a monitoring device where she can watch a live video feed of the camera in her home. When Thomas decided to pull up the feed of her house Wednesday morning, she couldn't believe what she saw. There was someone inside her home, someone she didn't know. Thomas picked up the phone and called 911.
She will now be fired for surfing on the job! From Nony
Cake of Resignation - Today I gave a two week's notice of my intent to resign. The letter was written in frosting on a full sheet size cake. The cake was delicious and it was well received. From popper
U.S. jobless seen nearing 10 percent - U.S. unemployment will approach 10 percent as the country endures its worst recession since World War Two, leaving more than 13 million Americans jobless, according to a Reuters poll of economists.
NeoCon will claim they are just lazy buggers waiting for their Obama hand-outs From Nony
At work - The Big Picture - When the economy makes big news, many photographs of people at work come across the wires, usually to help illustrate a particular story or event. By collecting these disparate photos over the past few months, I found that a global portrait emerged of we humans producing things. People assembling, generating, and building items small and large, mundane and expensive, trivial and important. I hope you enjoy this look into some people's work lives around the world. (45 photos total) From cw
No penis, no job - Aitor, the 28 year old transsexual from Jaén who dreams of serving in the Army has once again been rejected by the Spanish Ministry of Defence because of his lack of a penis. From Nony
IT jobs decline by 24% in three months - The drop is worse than the falls seen during the dot.com crash in 2001, and is quickly approaching the steep decline in the job market of the 1991 recession. Compared to the previous quarter, there were 24.3% fewer jobs advertised from October to December than there were from July to September. From Nonoxyl
Microsoft getting ready to lay off 17% of staff - The rumor that Microsoft was set to lay off people on January 15th, 2009 is no longer a rumor but a fact. Staff at Microsoft have been informed that the company is readying major layoffs to its worldwide operations and it's not a small cut, either.Currently Microsoft employs about 90,000 people across the world and from what we're hearing, some 15,000 of those are expected to be giving marching orders come January 15th. That's almost 17 percent of Microsoft's total work force, not exactly a small number. From cw
Tradition-seeking Germany faces Santa shortage - Wanted: Cheerful, chubby men, preferably with fluffy white beards and no criminal record, ready to work hard for one month.
Germany is running out of qualified Santa Clauses and needs to recruit and train them fast, a leading job agency says.
GM Paying Billionsfor People to Do Nothing - With that he arrived at the rubber room. Every day for a week Mr. Mellon got up at about 4:30 a.m. to make the 45-minute commute to the rubber room from his home in Otisville, Mich. At first he read the newspaper or magazines lying around, such as Reader's Digest. He talked some with acquaintances. After conversation dried up, he says he spent hours staring at the wall, hoping time would move faster. From cw
Recession-Proof Jobs in 2008 - A steady stream of discouraging economic news is bringing with it talk of the dreaded "R" word. Economists at Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley say the U.S. is heading for its first-blown recession in 16 years, and a recent CNN poll found that 57 percent of the public believe the U.S. is in a recession already, with the economy topping the list of voter's worries. From CC
Tips for Finding jobs in IT Management - What steps do IT executives need to take to get on the "A" list for a high-profile job opening? Is it bad form for IT managers to reach out to an executive search firm?
These were a few of the questions that were posed yesterday to three executive recruiters during a session at the 2008 CIO Executive Leadership Summit held in Stamford. The recruiters who fielded the questions were Rhona Kannon, a partner in the information technology practice at The Cambridge Group Ltd.; Beverly Lieberman, president of Halbrecht Lieberman Associates and Phil Schneidermeyer, a partner at Heidrick & Struggles. From CC
Be careful of who you work for - The single most important marketing decision most people make is also the one we spend precious little time on: where you work.Think about this for a second. Your boss and your job determine not only what you do all day, but what you learn and who you interact with. Where you work is what you market. From cw
Yahoo slashes 10% of workforce, or more than 1500 heads - Yahoo announced Tuesday that it plans to cut at least 10% of its workforce, or more than 1,500 employees, in the fourth quarter in an effort reduce costs.The struggling Internet company also announced sales for the third quarter that were roughly in line with Wall Street's forecasts and earnings that matched expectations. From cw
Work is a pleasure in tomorrow's office - Work stations with a built-in treadmill and portable meeting rooms are just some of the developments that may become commonplace in the offices of the future. From Popper
'We need slaves to build monuments' - It is already home to the world's glitziest buildings, man-made islands and mega-malls - now Dubai plans to build the tallest tower. But behind the dizzying construction boom is an army of migrant labourers lured into a life of squalor and exploitation. Ghaith Abdul-Ahad reports From Nony
India's outsourcing bubble is bursting - For tech employees, jobs no longer come with a lifetime guarantee. Companies are shedding people in small numbers and keeping their actions under the radar. The dreaded pink slips have arrived in Bangalore.The biggest indicator of the slowdown is the salaries and raises. It used to be acceptable to have lateral hires ask and get 30 per cent increases on their previous salaries. Annual hikes have varied between 15 to 40 per cent in the good years. All that is now a thing of the past. Wage increases are now down to more realistic, single-digit numbers. From cw
Financial Crisis Puts Diversity Gains at Risk - Increased diversity on Wall Street could be another victim of the financial crisis. In recent years advocacy groups have pushed up the number of blacks and other traditionally underrepresented minorities being hired and promoted by financial firms. Now, as financial firms downsize or disappear, many of those new hires may find themselves competing with more senior employees in the search for new jobs. From CC
How To Be Happy at Work - Your job might not be the best, but that doesnâ€™t mean you canâ€™t be happy when you are at work. In fact no matter how bad your job is you can smile all day long after following these simple steps. The images are self explanatory so no need for additional words.
When you work at home, you don't have to do this! From Nony
Bosses worry if telecommuters are really working - With gasoline prices expected to remain uncomfortably high, many small businesses are letting some of their staffers work at home. And some owners are discovering that allowing employees to telecommute can require a different management style, and some basic trust. From Popper
Ten tall tales told on resumes - Résumés are a critical part of any job search. They are the most effective marketing tool any of us have about who we are and what we can do. And all of us want our résumé to be the best possible representation of our work. But some workers turn their résumés into a work of fiction instead of a representation of fact. A CareerBuilder.com survey of hiring managers and workers looked at the tall tales and bold lies used on résumés. From CC
Europeans may not be so lazy after all - Europeans rarely feel more superior to us Americans than at this time of year, and you can't blame them. They're taking their umpteen-week vacations, perhaps enjoying state-funded massages in Baden-Baden, while we're trying desperately to squeeze every drop of fun out of our measly two or three weeks off before returning to the salt mines.
There goes the myth of the hard working American! From European
NASA Offers $5000 a Month For You to Lie in Bed - Need a break from the working, walking, and standing required by the demanding and stressful life you lead?Well, pack your bags for Houston because NASA wants to pay you $17,000 to stay in bed for 90 straight days. From Olga
Hell exists, it's full of sulfur and it's located - Placed at the top of the Ijen volcano, in Indonesia, this sulfur mine was opened in 1968. About 200 miners, known as the "sulfur slaves", work here everyday and carry 70 to 90 kg of sulfur in their baskets from the crater floor. The typical daily earnings of these miners are equivalent to approximately $5.00 US. and their life expectancy is only about 30 years. From cw
AT&T waves goodbye to 4,600 staffers - Home phone? Go home
AT&T is sacking 4,650 staffers, about 1.5 per cent of its 310,000-strong workforce. Wearing the pink slips, mostly, are managers in the home landline business who don't talk to customer From cw
10 annoyingly brilliant office interiors - in an ideal world all company directors would invest in their workforce to the point where the office didn't resemble a huge ice cube filled with back-breaking plastic chairs, mdf tables and computers less powerful than my old commodore plus-4. the sad fact is, for the majority of the world's office-dwelling workers at least, company offices are some of the most inhospitable places on earth. From cw
The Googlenairs - Google has been known for a long time as the best place in the world to work. They offer free massages, gourmet meals, and professional haircuts at their beautiful campus in California. That right there puts them above 99.99% of the other companies in the world. At any rate, you already knew all that so lets move on.Have you ever wondered how much a Google employee makes? Well this data isn't extremely easy to find, if you don't believe me just search Google. However, here is some interesting statistics. From cw
10 Jobs You Didn't Hear About on Career Day - Back when we were in pre-school there were only 4-5 sensible options for the career minded 4-year old: doctor, plumber, fireman and astronaut. Clearly, had we heard about â€śsin-eatingâ€ť, â€śknocking upâ€ť or any of these other fine options, we would have eaten more paste, and focused a little less on our permanent records. From cw
Google to make first big job cuts - Google has announced its first sizeable cuts, with the axing of 300 jobs at its online advertising unit DoubleClick.The lay-offs make up about a quarter of DoubleClick's 1,200-strong workforce in the US. Worldwide, DoubleClick has about 1,500 employees. From cw
Bill Would Double Cap on H-1B Visas - The Innovation Employment Act, introduced by Representative Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, late Thursday, would increase the cap in H-1B visas from 65,000 a year to 130,000 a year. In addition, there would be no cap on H-1B applications for foreign graduate students attending U.S. colleges and studying science, technology and related fields. Currently, there's a 20,000-a-year cap on visas for graduate students in all fields.The legislation would increase the H-1B cap to 180,000 in 2010 to 2015 if the 130,000 cap is reached the year before. From cw