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calendar   Thursday - March 28, 2013

Hecho En Mexico

Still waiting for my new PC to arrive. It shipped several days ago. I pulled up the tracking link from the email Dell sent me, but the Fed-Ex site doesn’t give me much data. My machine went through Fed’s Fort Worth processing center in about 8 hours, 3 days ago. That’s all it shows. Almost. At the top of the window is a source line. It says that my shipment originated in Juarez. What??? Dude, that’s, like, Mexico!

Yup. No sher, schmitlock. The iconic computer company from Austin Texas doesn’t make computers in Austin Texas any longer. Not for years actually. Turns out that they don’t even make computers in the United States anymore either, having closed assembly plants all over and laid off thousands. And this is old news. Well excuuuuuuse me, I haven’t been paying attention to the details of the computer world for at least half a decade. I know it’s a cut throat industry, one that is constantly evolving, changing, and inventing new ground shaking paradigms almost daily. So I shouldn’t be surprised. And I should have put 01 and 01 together and seen that they add up to 10 when I shopped for the PC online and saw that all their machines have been “packagized”; the old “build it your way” components option list a thing of the distant past. Who am I kidding? Almost all the parts come from Indonesia or China. Things might be designed here, but they’re built there. So why bother to even assemble them here? Silly Drew.

Guess I was fooling myself; I never gave it any thought, but if I had I would have thought ... Dell; American. The story of Dell Computers is a classic American Success tale, a story of how one man made millions - billions, dozens of them - and built a huge company by providing a better product to the marketplace. But the outsourcing seed was always there, even at the very beginning. The very first Dell computers were IBM PCs that were overstocks. They weren’t selling, so college student Michael Dell bought them up for a song and modified them on the cheap. Being IBM made products back in the days when IBM meant something, those early PCs were way overbuilt. Underclocked, so that they’d run cold and last forever. So he replaced the system clock, a 10¢ part, with a faster one. So his rebranded PCs ran 50% faster and cost 2/3 of IBM’s PCs. And he got rich. That’s the legend. Ah, but that was long ago and far away. Like all big business, Dell has long since gone multi-national. But even though they’re retrenching right now, Dell is still the greatest greatest tale ever told in the entire history of capitalism. 60 billion in annual sales. Crivens!

So I’ll have a Hecho PC. Just so long as it’s built with the English version of Windows, and the box not used to smuggle drugs in with. (shocked reaction!! Drew, that’s racist!! [no, it’s actually nationalist. Can we get past this stuck on stupid “racist” crap? Not all stereotypes are race based, and one blanket term does not cover them. Expand your mind, you simple monkey. {das raaaciss!!} Oh shut up.] )


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/28/2013 at 01:35 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - January 29, 2013

GET READY AMERICA

Get ready America?

Oh Dear, Oh Dear.

A brief bit that caught the old eye and felt the scare should be shared.

Have you heard of a top cop (American) named Bill Bratton?

He is being sought by some over here to head the police and bring, it is thought and prayed, American style policing to combat gang and drug violence.  Apparently Mr. Bratton had quite a bit of success in LA, Calif.  And his name got around.

(I will get to scare part soon)

How in the world whatever tactics he used to do whatever it is he was supposed to have done, will work in this politically correct asylum, is way beyond my understanding.  He must know this place, he must know police stations, (well at least one anyway) fly the rainbow flag on the proper day to show support for … hmm … er … you know.

He’d be butting heads with the left and civil rights and human rights lawyers AND … lets not forget the European Court of Human Rights which on occasion says what’s what on laws over here. 

It isn’t so much that the police here are bad eggs. It’s that their hands are tied by courts and lawyers who believe victims shouldn’t have rights.  Well that’s the perceived notion by golly.  Even a few on the left in sober moments away from their herbal substance of questionable legality, are beginning to question the criminal system in play here.

There is an English gentleman by the name of Sir Hugh Orde, of the Association of Chief Police Officers, London SW1.
He it was who proposed the international policing conference after the 2011 riots.

(Here come de scary part)

Sir Hugh says, and I can quote him here,
“US policing is keen to learn from our approaches not just to gangs – but in areas such as public order policing and more.”

Say what?  Our cops are keen to what?

OK, it is generally true that people can learn from each other. Most times.  But American cops can handle most things the dumb law allows.  After the riots here, and you will recall there was more than one of them, I’m not too certain Sir Hugh’s fellows can teach our guys much. Heaven help us if some left wing wanker in the USA in a position of some authority, decides the UK cops idea of how things could work in my country ……. OMG. 
Does not even bear thinking about.
Or wait.
Maybe it does.

OH DEAR, OH DEAR!


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/29/2013 at 08:55 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - February 14, 2009

Boy who became father at 13 raises ‘worrying’ questions. NOT TO WORRY. TAXPAYER WILL COVER THE COST

He’s a daddy at age 13, asks “what’s financially?” and some adult is saying ....

We hope they will be good parents, but parenthood is not what they should have been thinking about.”

and she’s 15. Oh right. Great parents.  He comes from a family of 9 and she almost as many.
They live in “COUNCIL HOUSING” friends.  Council housing.  Has a ring to it huh?  For Americans who may not know, but I suspect you do know, “council housing” is the same as our “low income” housing.  As in no income except welfare income.  And mommies and some daddies here get PAID SO MUCH FOR EACH KIDDIE!
And I suspect again that soon as these kiddies are no longer kiddies but late teens, well ,, I remember an old movie called Cheaper By the Dozen.
Except for the taxpayer.

Hey that’s almost funny when you think about it. 

There are working parents who CAN NOT AFFORD more then one or two children at most.  But ... you see this one coming right?

They’re supporting thousands (I don’t really know the exact figure) of welfare families with multiple kids and more on the way.

OH BTW .... I ALMOST FORGOT.  THIS ISN’T EXACTLY THE END OF THIS STORY.
HERE’S THE FUN PART.


Teenage sister of boy who became a father at 13 had baby when she was the same age

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 4:40 PM on 14th February 2009

Family can claim £30,000 benefts

Chantelle Stedman can claim no benefits until she reaches 16, her next birthday.

But state benefits to support her and her baby will be paid to her mother Penny until then.

At a minimum, the family can expect to receive around £30,000 a year - close to £600 a week.

Penny, 38, will claim benefits to support herself and her four children including Chantelle.

She will also claim on behalf of new-born Maisie.

The family may claim benefits on the basis that Penny’s unemployed partner Steve is a live-in member of the household.

If so, their claims may look like this:

* Child Benefit: Paid automatically for each child - £72.80 a week.
* Council Tax Benefit: Likely to cover the full bill - £30 a week.
* Child Tax Credit: Now the main payment to support children of out-of-work or low income mothers. Possible payment for the five Stedman children - £221 a week.
* Income Support: If paid to Penny and Steve as a live-in couple - £94.95 a week.
* Housing Benefit: Likely to cover the full rent of their council house, together with any service charges. This may be - £150 a week.
* Total: £568.75 a week, or £29,575 a year.


A schoolboy who became a father at the age of 13 has raised disturbing questions about society, leading politicians said yesterday.

By John Bingham
Last Updated: 5:02PM GMT 13 Feb 2009

But police and social services said no one would be prosecuted over the case of Alfie Patten whose 15-year-old girlfriend Chantelle Stedman gave birth to a daughter earlier this week.

Pro-life campaigners praised the two children as courageous for deciding to go ahead with the pregnancy but the Conservative leader David Cameron said the case raised “worrying” questions about modern Britain

Alfie, who is just over 4ft tall and looks younger even than his 13 years, was only 12 years old when he got Chantelle - who was then 14 - pregnant.

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The schoolboy from Hailsham, East Sussex, was allowed to stay over at Chantelle’s house after originally meeting through their mothers. He was often seen emerging in the morning in his school uniform.

Neighbours claimed that Chantelle’s mother Penny, 38, had been Alfie’s babysitter and cared for him at weekends to give his mother a break.


But the two young people soon became “inseparable” and were, it was claimed, allowed to sleep in the same bed.

They discovered Chantelle was pregnant when she visited a GP complaining of stomach pains but initially tried to keep it a secret even from their parents.

Mrs Stedman soon became suspicious after noticing her daughter putting on weight.

The young couple decided against having an abortion and Chantelle gave birth to their daughter, Maisie Roxanne, at Eastbourne District General Hospital earlier this week.


Despite his age, Alfie - who is himself one of nine children - has spoken of his intention to care for the child.

Asked in an interview for The Sun newspaper what he would do financially, he replied: “What’s financially?”

He told the paper: “I didn’t think about how we would afford it. I don’t really get pocket money, my dad sometimes gives me £10.”

The couple claimed that they slept together only once when Chantelle, who lives with her five brothers and sisters in a council house in Eastbourne, became pregnant but friends said that Alfie regularly slept at her house.

Neighbours said that until Chantelle became pregnant, the Stedman home was a popular local hangout with people calling in to smoke cannabis. Others said there had been fights with neighbours.

“Before she got pregnant there were people going in and out every day but as soon as she got pregnant she was just in there all the time,” said one.

“We hope they will be good parents, but parenthood is not what they should have been thinking about.”

HERE FOR THE REST OF THE STORY


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 02/14/2009 at 05:08 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - November 18, 2008

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO:  THE DEPT. of ENERGY .. ?

I really had forgotten all about this agency.  Wonder how many more there are out there.  ???

Subject: Remember why the Department of Energy was established??


Does anybody out there have any memory of the reason given for the establishment of the DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY during the Carter Administration?

Anybody? Anything? No?

Didn’t think so!!

Bottom line . . . we’ve spent several hundred billion dollars in support of an agency the reason for which (probably) not one person who reads this can remember.

Ready?

It was very simple, and at the time everybody thought it very appropriate:

The Department of Energy was instituted 8-04-1977-TO LESSEN OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL.

HEY, PRETTY EFFICIENT, HUH?

NOW its 2008, 31 YEARS LATER, AND THE BUDGET FOR THIS NECESSARY DEPARTMENT IS AT $24.2 BILLION A YEAR, THEY HAVE 16,000 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, AND APPROXIMATELY 100,000 CONTRACT EMPLOYEES AND LOOK AT THE JOB THEY HAVE DONE!

THIS IS WHERE YOU SLAP YOUR FOREHEAD AND SAY ‘WHAT WAS I THINKING?’

Ah yes, good ole bureaucracy.

And now we are going to turn the Banking system over to them?

God Help us.

H/T J. Miller
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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/18/2008 at 02:49 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 20, 2008

Manslaughter trial halted after juror investigates case himself.

This really quite out of the ordinary. Bizarre I’d say. Don’t quite know what to make of it. Do you?
What sort of stuff did this would be Columbo turn up that the public should not know.  ??  Kinda leaves thing up in the air.
But this isn’t a job for a juror to take up anyway. Screws up the process, doesn’t it?  Couldn’t resist filing this under “Outsourcing” as well.

A manslaughter trial was halted at a cost of £60,000 to the taxpayer because a juror took it upon himself to conduct his own investigations into the case.
By Paul Stokes
Last Updated: 12:45AM BST 20 Aug 2008

Raymond Quigley died of a heart attack during a struggle over a fare Photo: PA The middle-aged man visited the scene of the alleged crime to carry out measurements and take his own photographs.

He also studied forensic techniques through the internet before sharing his findings with the 11 other jurors in their canteen.

His do-it-yourself detective activities were revealed after he sent a list of 37 questions to the judge at Newcastle Crown Court after more than a week of the trial.

The note contained information which neither the prosecution nor defence counsel had introduced as evidence in court.

It enquired if there were any clues to be found from mobile telephone records and banks statements.

The man also asked for information about the baggy skateboard clothing of the 18-year-old defendant Dale Patterson and whether the jury could hear the audiotape of the police interview of a prosecution witness.

Judge David Hodson responded by questioning the juror who admitted he had carried out his own research to get a “feel for the case”.

It caused the trial to be abandoned and the jury panel discharged from reaching a verdict.

The estimated cost of the case to the public is more than £60,000, excluding additional legal fees for defence and prosecution lawyers.

Mr Patterson was standing trial over the death of Raymond Quigley, 72, a taxi driver, who suffered a fatal heart attack during a struggle over a fare.

He denied manslaughter and making off without payment after a journey from Newcastle to his home city of Sunderland last September.

The prosecution claimed he was trying to dodge the fare and Mr Quigley’s death resulted from the exertion of trying to restrain him.

Two further witnesses were due to be called by the Crown when the jury was discharged on Monday.

But the prosecution opted to offer no evidence against Mr Patterson after the judge ruled its case was “fatally flawed”.

The decision to record formal not guilty verdicts was based on legal submissions on whether to proceed with a re-trial and not the actions of the sleuthing juror.

Robert Smith QC, defending, said: “The public should not draw any conclusion as a result of this case adverse to Mr Quigley in anyway.”

Mr Quigley’s widow Dorothy, 69, said she had been left with a sense of injustice.

She said: “It was very upsetting when the jury got dismissed. It was dreadful. Unfortunately we were not allowed, nor was anyone else, to give testimony to Ray’s excellent character in court in case it denied Dale Patterson a fair trial. Is this justice?”

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 08/20/2008 at 07:58 AM   
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calendar   Friday - December 07, 2007

Bank’s security secrets in rubbish bin

Bank’s security secrets in rubbish bin
I FILED UNDER OUTSOURCING CAUSE I HAVE A TWISTED SENSE OF HUMOR.  WELL, IT IS FUNNY.

Bank’s security secrets in rubbish bin
By Harry de Quetteville
Last Updated: 2:54am GMT 07/12/2007

It cost £100 million to renovate and was intended to be one of the most secure spaces on the planet, but the secret plans to the vault of the German Federal Bank in Berlin were thrown away in a hairdresser’s rubbish bin.

The floor plans to the vault, home to hundreds of millions of pounds and part of a building that was opened to much fanfare four weeks ago, were discovered by a bemused barber as he threw out his rubbish.

The plans reveal that the money is stored beneath metres-thick layers of concrete and steel.

They also reveal the precise location of motion sensors and intruder detectors, as well as reinforced grills and gates.

“I wanted to throw away my rubbish and I noticed the plastic bag with the building sketches,” said the bemused barber.

The Bundesbank confirmed that the plans were genuine and promised “to come up with an explanation as soon as possible”.

“We will check to see how this could have happened,” Albrecht Sommer, a spokesman, said. “Right now we have to make sure no more work site plans are out there.”

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 12/07/2007 at 12:03 PM   
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calendar   Friday - March 31, 2006

Decisions

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Bill Schorr—United Media

- Denver Post: “Mexico Is Global Turnstile To US”

- Automotive News: “GM To Build New Plant In Mexico”


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 03/31/2006 at 07:57 AM   
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calendar   Monday - March 20, 2006

Sex, Drugs And … Tech Support

It had to happen sooner or later. No line of communication is one-way (unless you’re a Liberal or a Democrat and then you hear and see nothing that disagrees with you - but that’s another story for another day). No, the communication I’m referring to is the open lines to tech support in India. This is where Ramachandrakumar Sathiapatchouligonzo is sitting at his neat desk in a neat little cubicle farm pretending to be someone named “Stephen Johnson”.

“Stephen” is being very glad to assist you in solving your problems with your very, very excellent credit account or your well-constructed but uncooperative computer. He will do anything to make you happy, including listen quietly while you cuss him out and call him vile names. This is because he knows that, as a devout Hindu, in his next recincarnation he will be reborn as a handsome dog while you, in your ignorance, will be reincarnated as a fire hydrant.

For now though, “Stephen” and his friends have a problem. The line of communication is working both ways and they are starting to pick up evil Western (Liberal) habits like wild sex and drugs. Next thing you know, they’ll be listening to awful rock ‘n’ roll music. Excellent! Our next target in “Operation Decadence” will be the Chinese. Stay tuned ....

imageimageIndia’s Call-Centre Staff Tune In To Decadence
March 19, 2006

DELHI, India (LONDON TIMES)

They are the young faces and polite voices of India’s economic boom but the country’s growing number of call centre staff handling British and American customer inquiries have a guilty secret. According to senior police officers and pollsters they are also leading a social revolution against traditional Indian values by having extramarital affairs and taking party drugs.

A survey found that one in five of those questioned had had a workplace affair and that the majority of those were married. In another recent poll one in four call centre staff said they regularly had casual affairs. The figures present a serious challenge to traditional social conservatism. The revolution is unfolding in India’s high-tech cities, including Delhi, Bangalore, Madras and Chandigarh, where young well paid graduates and newlyweds work long night shifts.

More than 30 large British companies, including Lloyds TSB and Norwich Union, use Indian call centres to handle customer inquiries. According to insiders the centres are generating a work-hard, play-hard culture where liberal attitudes to sex and club drugs are thriving. The staff work under high pressure and are rewarded with “team-building” parties. One of India’s most senior police officers said the western companies behind the call centres were causing a breakdown in the fabric of Indian family life.

“The companies should insist on certain standards,” said Shankar Rao, deputy commissioner of Delhi police. “I want to make sure these call centres do not become dens of evil. “There should be counselling available to make sure the staff live in conformity with society, and not indulging in drugs and sex. They should make sure they do not work more than three nights a week. It’s causing mischief.”


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 03/20/2006 at 06:05 PM   
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