Jobs Americans Won’t Do

Federal Program Gives Summer Jobs to Foreign Students

While young people in the United States are suffering record levels of unemployment, the Summer Work Travel is already hiring foreign students for summer jobs that won’t be available when Americans start looking for summer work later this year.

The latest unemployment figures for teens, ages 16-19 is between 25 & 35%, yet the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program each year admits more than 100,000 students from around the world to work at American beaches, restaurants, convenience stores, supermarkets, factories, and other establishments.

The State Department calls SWT a “cultural exchange” intended to showcase the American way of life and win friends among future world leaders. As we witness American flags being burned everyday on the news, the program is smash hit.

State Department-designated sponsoring agencies, team with foreign partners to recruit students, help them obtain visas, and match them with employers.

Participants and their employers are exempt from Social Security, Medicare, and federal unemployment taxes, according to Jerry Kammer, a senior research fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies. So you see, the program is a benefit to all but the unemployed American teenager.

“Unfortunately, the program has boomed — from about 20,000 in 1996 to a peak of 153,000 in 2008 — it has denied a place in the workforce for many American young people, who are now suffering record levels of unemployment,” Kammer writes in the Baltimore Sun. Of course this program is no different from any other government. If it is allowed to begin, it will always expand.

One parent who spoke with Kammer, Sarah Ann Smith, said her teenage son’s dishwashing schedule at a restaurant went from 24 hours a week before SWT workers arrived to zero hours after six foreigners began working there.

“It’s wrong to have a program that allows foreign kids to come in and take jobs that American kids need,” said Smith. “SWT is out of control.” But, paraphrasing John McCain , I’m sure they’re only doing the jobs that Americans won’t do.

The State Department claims to be conducting a review of the SWT program.

“Much of our nation’s immigration policy — for both temporary visitors and permanent residents — is made with little concern for its impact on American society,” Kammer observes.

“Reevaluating SWT is a first step toward changing that. It’s my guess that little will change.

Attribution: NEWSMAX

Abandoned Military Fortress of New York

The purpose of Fort Totten, in Queens, New York was to guard New York Harbor from the Confederates during the Civil War, but never faced enemy fire.

The Fort was to be built to protect the East River approach to New York Harbor, along with Fort Schuyler, which faces it from Throgs Neck

on the opposite side of the river entrance. It was later named in 1898 after Joseph Gilbert Totten.

Plans for the Fort Totten Water Battery at Willets Point were initially prepared by Captain Robert E Lee (yes, that Robert E Lee) in 1857 and purchased by the U.S. Government from the Willets family. After Congress appropriated $155,000, construction began on Fort Totten in 1862.

Construction on the battery employed 400 workers, each earning a wage of $3.00 per day. But soon after its completion, advances in fortification design made it obsolete as a defensive structure.

Ghostly images captured by photographers Ethan Pisz and Ezra Peace show the fortress, and its crumbling surroundings.

Today, stalactites hang from its archways, and a single replica cannon remains.

On the second floor bastion, a crater clings to a shell of rifle artillery shot through a small window during test firing in 1864. The damage inflicted was so extensive battlefield engineers abandoned the project altogether.
Behind its walls, winding tunnels lead the way to torpedo magazines and abandoned artillery rooms

Six batteries, built between 1885 and 1903 as a second line of defense, stand crippled and weather-beaten behind the battery. Uprooted trees are shouldered by much of the mortar structure, left after a century of hurricanes and tornadoes ripped through the area.

The land had last served as a U.S. Army Reserve post in 1974, after a century of housing army schools and artillery headquarters.

After nearly two decades of community lobbying efforts for a new Bayside area park, in 1987 New York City and Parks accepted the gift of ten acres of surplus Fort Totten land from the U.S. Department of Defense. The land officially closed as a base in 1995.

Attribution: Jennifer Madison

Joke of the Day

A 72-year-old man goes for a physical. All of his  tests come back normal so the doctor says,  “Harry, everything looks great. How are you doing mentally and emotionally? Are you at peace with God?”
  
 Harry replies, “God and I are tight. He knows I have poor eyesight, so he’s fixed it when I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, poof!, the light goes on. When I’m done, poof!, the light goes off.”

“Wow, that’s incredible,” the doctor says.

A little later in the day, the doctor calls Harry’s wife. “Mrs. White,” he says, “Harry is doing fine but I had to call you because I’m in awe of his relationship with God. Is it true that he gets up during the night and poof! the light  goes on in the bathroom, and when he’s done,  poof! the light goes off?”

“OH GOOD GRIEF!” Mrs. white exclaims,  “He’s pissing in the fridge again!”

Attribution: Karen

We Know Better

Picture yourself in a hospital. In a sealed room you see a loved one laying on a gurney with an I.V. in his arm. The room is completely impenetrable. There is no way in.

You are forced to witness the slow demise of this individual.

It turns out the I.V. is what’s killing him, although very slowly. You are told the I.V. is a good thing and that the drug they are administering will eventually save his life. You are confused.

There was nothing wrong with your loved one before the I.V. was forced upon him. He was perfectly healthy, yet the experts tell you that no, he is really quite ill and they are the only ones who can save him.

You know this to be false. You’ve seen the results of his physicals, his complete medical records. He was the picture of health, yet the people in charge will not look at the records or simply dismiss your claims of his health.

You must be in denial and fail to see just how sick he is. These are people of faith and they know what must be done. You must place your trust and the life of your loved one in their capable hands. They know better than you what is good for the dying man. They are the experts, not you.

As Rick Santorum so aptly stated; it is a theology. The religion of the left is environmentalism. Unlike other religions that fill one with hope & joy, this one brings only misery and will eventually ruin us all, as it is in this community in Colorado. Just like the man on the hospital gurney, it is a painful, slow death.

I think the people of Craig, Colorado know that death is around the corner and they are helpless to stop it. The utter frustration for these citizens is, that they know the madness could be reversed and their community revitalized if only the despotic rulers of the country and their state would step aside. and allow the I.V. of extremist enviromentalism to be removed.

Flip the Switch

 Where shall we file this article? Maybe we can put it in the ” Ain’t technology grand and it will never be abused or used against us” folder. Is there an App for that?

 

By: Jordan Robertson of Bloomberg

Janne Kytömäki, a Finnish software developer, was cruising Google’s Android Market for smartphone apps last year when he noticed something strange. Dozens of best-selling applications suddenly listed the same wrong publisher. It was as if Stephen King’s name had vanished from the covers of his books, replaced by an unknown author. Kytömäki realized the culprit was a piece of malware that was spreading quickly, and he posted his findings online.

Google responded swiftly. It flipped a little-known kill switch, reaching into more than 250,000 infected Android smartphones and forcibly removing the malicious code. “It was sort of unreal, watching something like that unfold,” says Kytömäki, who makes dice simulator apps. Kill switches are a standard part of most smartphones, tablets, and e-readers. Google, Apple, and Amazon all have the ability to reach into devices to delete illicit content or edit code without users’ permission. It’s a powerful way to stop threats that spread quickly, but it’s also a privacy and security land mine.

With the rollout of the Windows 8 operating system expected later this year, millions of desktop and laptop PCs will get kill switches for the first time. Microsoft hasn’t spoken publicly about its reasons for including this capability in Windows 8 beyond a cryptic warning that it might be compelled to use it for legal or security reasons. The feature was publicized in a widely cited Computerworld article in December when Microsoft posted the terms of use for its new application store, a feature in Windows 8 that will allow users to download software from a Microsoft-controlled portal. Windows smartphones, like those of its competitors, have included kill switches for several years, though software deletion “is a last resort, and it’s uncommon,” says Todd Biggs, director of product management for Windows Phone Marketplace.

Microsoft declined to answer questions about the kill switch in Windows 8 other than to say it will only be able to remove or change applications downloaded through the new app store. Any software loaded from a flash drive, DVD, or directly from the Web will remain outside Microsoft’s control. Still, the kill switch is a tool that could help Microsoft prevent mass malware infections. “For most users, the ability to remotely remove apps is a good thing,” says Charlie Miller, a researcher with the security company Accuvant.

The history of kill switches on smartphones and e-readers suggests they’re double-edged swords for the companies that wield them. In 2009, Amazon reached into users’ Kindles to delete e-book copies of George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm that had been sold by a publisher without the necessary rights. The ensuing backlash caused Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos to call the move “stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles.”

The reluctance of tech companies to set explicit policies for when they will and will not use kill switches contributes to the fear they’ll be abused. Civil rights and free speech advocates worry that tech companies could be pressured by governments to delete software or data for political reasons. “You have someone who has absolute control over my hard drive in ways I may have never anticipated or consented to,” says Eric Goldman, director of the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University’s law school in California. “If they use that power wisely, they actually make my life better. We don’t know if they use the power wisely. In fact, we may never know when they use their power at all.”

Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s vice president of Android engineering, says the search company reserves the use of the kill switch for “really egregious, really obvious cases” of harmful content. Microsoft’s Biggs says the company has used the functionality in its smartphones only for “technical issues and content issues.” Apple declined to comment. Amazon did not respond to several messages.

Like many in his profession, Kevin Mahaffey, co-founder of the San Francisco startup Lookout, which makes security software for smartphones, expresses mixed emotions about the emergence of kill switches. “The remote removal tools are very much a response to the mistakes of the PC era,” he says. “Whether or not it’s an overcorrection, I think history will tell us. It can be done right, but we as an industry need to tread carefully. It’s easy to imagine several dystopian futures that can arise from this.”

One supporter is Janne Kytömäki, the Finn who discovered the Android malware outbreak. He says Google did the right thing by deleting the malware without users’ permission. “What was the alternative?” he says. “Leave those apps installed on 200,000 people’s mobiles? This is something that had to be done.”

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Famous last words: We couldn’t just do nothing!

How about , “Buyer Beware”, or user beware. We’ve allowed the door of abuse to cracked open. Mark my words. This kill switch program will progress into other areas and it wiil eventually be abused.

Ben Franklin said: “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

This Month in Space

A supernova remnant 170,000 light years away in one of the Milky Way’s galactic neighbors. This image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, shows ambient gas being shocked by the expanding blast wave from the exploding star

Sand dunes trapped in an impact crater in the Noachis Terra region of Mars. The area covered in the image is about 1km (1100 yards) across. Sand dunes are among the most widespread wind-formed features on Mars. Patterns of dune erosion and deposition provide insights into the sedimentary history of the surrounding terrain. This picture is from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

This panoramic image taken from the International Space Station shows lights from population centers in Belgium and the Netherlands (center bottom), the British Isles partially obscured by solar array panels (left), the North Sea (center left), and Scandinavia (right) behind the space station’s remote manipulator system

Nasa captured this dramatic image of a solar flare on 2 January. To view a video of the event click here. The show lasted about three hours, but the blast was not directed at Earth

Solar flares on 23 January enhanced the aurora borealis in the skies over the frozen Susitna River near Talkeetna, in Alaska