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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Health Insurance Dilemma
« Last post by The Gorn on June 13, 2017, 04:38:26 PM »
How did I miss Code Refugee's Python snippet!!???

Quote
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/337651-trump-calls-house-healthcare-bill-mean

Trump calls House healthcare bill 'mean'

President Trump called the House's ObamaCare repeal bill "mean" and said it should be more generous during a meeting with Republican senators Tuesday, according to a Senate GOP aide.

The comments, which were first reported by The Associated Press, were striking given that Trump has previously praised the House bill and celebrated its passage at the White House.

"Mean"? Well, Trump would sure as hell know about "mean".

Maybe there's hope yet for something that can cover ordinary wage earners not on an employer plan.
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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Health Insurance Dilemma
« Last post by JoFrance on June 13, 2017, 03:21:03 PM »
I got this email from Congressman Leonard Lance today about VA care.  This is the text of the email:

"In the spring of 2014, you may recall the horrific stories of dozens of veterans dying while languishing on secret wait lists and lines at VA hospitals across the country.  Then-VA Secretary Robert McDonald compared the wait lines for care to Disneyland.

The VA agency has careened from scandal to scandal since, from the theft and over-prescription of opioids to having calls to the VA’s suicide hotline go unanswered. 

Many bureaucrats responsible for oversight of the VA were able to keep their jobs, and their taxpayer-funded bonuses, too.

Our veterans deserve the best care, and instead these examples exhibit the worst of government bureaucracy.

And while the vast majority of VA employees are hard-working and dedicated, because the VA often fails to hold individuals who are not fulfilling their duties accountable for their actions, these bad actors taint the reputation of the department as a whole.   

That is why today Congress passed a major bipartisan VA reform measure — S. 1094, the "Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act” — by a vote of 368 to 55.  I proudly voted in favor of the legislation.

In summary, the bipartisan VA reform bill S. 1094 will:

Streamline the process to remove, demote, or suspend VA employees for poor performance or misconduct.  The Secretary will also be able to recoup taxpayer-funded bonuses from employees who have acted improperly;

Expand protections for whistleblowers and bar the VA from removing an employee who has an open complaint; and

Because of all this ongoing uncertainty, many VA hospitals have acting medical directors.  The bill will give the VA Secretary the authority to appoint permanent medical directors who can provide the steady leadership that VA hospitals and their patients need.

The Senate passed this legislation earlier this month, and it enjoys strong grassroots support from veterans’ service organizations.  The House-passed bill now moves to the president’s desk for his signature into law.

Today’s action will bring us one step closing to better care and better results for our veterans.  And with real accountability, we can begin to make the real changes needed to fix the VA once and for all.

Thank you for taking the time to read this important veterans’ affairs update.  Let me know your thoughts and views by sending me an e-mail or visiting my Facebook page.  I look forward to hearing from you again.

Best personal wishes,
 
Leonard Lance "

At last there will be some needed changes for our vets.   We owe them so much.

This gives me hope that at last, we might actually get some good news in this country on healthcare for all citizens.  Things are pretty quiet in the Senate so we don't know exactly what they came up with but they know their credibility is on the line to come up with something that President Trump will sign.  There is even talk that they might cancel their customary August vacation to do it.  Wow.  The heat is on.
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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Workforce Development
« Last post by JoFrance on June 13, 2017, 03:02:36 PM »
This is a very exciting initiative by the Trump Administration.  I remember back in the 70's when there were a lot of apprenticeship programs for people to go into fields that required expertise, but not a 4 year degree.  This makes total sense to me and is a great idea.  These jobs pay just as much money as many STEM jobs.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/06/11/workforce-development-week-kicks-off-white-house/


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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Remember when IBM was a U.S. company?
« Last post by JoFrance on June 13, 2017, 02:37:51 PM »
I remember when IBM was a US company.  IBM mainframes were the gold standard and the people that worked on them had some great jobs, actual pensions and generous benefits.  I knew a few people at IBM.  They did very well.

With that being said, I can understand why IBM moved a lot of their operations to India and why they hired a lot of h1b visa people in the US.  It made good business sense at the time.  They were a lot cheaper to employ than the American workers.

I also think what they did was unpatriotic because they received all the benefits of being a US company, but did not offer as many opportunities to the people that live here.  They played our system to their benefit.  The most unpatriotic thing about it all is that our Congress, both sides, allowed this to happen and didn't stand up for the American worker.  They could have leveled the playing field so that we would have been able to compete with foreign competition, but they didn't.  Instead, Congress told us we Americans were not as educated as the foreign workforce.

Now, with President Trump, we have a chance to reclaim a lot of the jobs we have lost to foreign competition.  His administration is going to promote "hire American".  Its something that should have happened a long time ago.  For the past 20 some years, our government has given away the prosperity we once had as a nation and finally we have a government that is *really* for the people.
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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Remember when IBM was a U.S. company?
« Last post by Code Refugee on June 13, 2017, 02:30:52 PM »
I think Congress makes us taxpayers support these companies "because American jobs" and we even give them multi-billion dollar bailouts to save them from bankruptcy and then http://nypost.com/2015/08/18/gm-plans-to-sell-buicks-made-in-china-to-americans/
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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Remember when IBM was a U.S. company?
« Last post by benali72 on June 13, 2017, 11:08:20 AM »
Remember when IBM was a U.S. company?

Their HQ is still here, but the employees are gone overseas.

This article -- "What's Good for IBM May Not be Good for America" tells the story --
http://www.forbesindia.com/blog/technology/h1b-visa-norms-whats-good-for-ibm-need-not-be-good-for-america/

Note the chart that shows how the company has decimated its U.S. workforce, as per its strategy.

Would you call this --

1. Good business sense
2. "The way it is"... an inevitability
3. Unpatriotic
4. Anti-patriotic

Or what? Your comments solicited.
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Discussions - Public / Re: So I upgraded my hardware, finally
« Last post by benali72 on June 13, 2017, 08:21:24 AM »
I encrypted the entire hard drive of the desktop and that took forever and an hour. I think that too is a computationally intensive task.

You may be I/O bound rather than CPU bound. Turn on your system monitor duing this task to see. My guess is I/O, esp if you still on an older hard disk. Cheers.
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Discussions - Public / Re: So I upgraded my hardware, finally
« Last post by unix on June 11, 2017, 06:13:51 PM »
Ha.

There goes another word.

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Discussions - Public / Re: So I upgraded my hardware, finally
« Last post by The Gorn on June 11, 2017, 06:07:31 PM »
One word is all you have to say!!?  >:D :P

No, I am just stunned into silence by that revelation. There goes my entire theory. One simple example disproves it.

I encrypted the entire hard drive of the desktop and that took forever and an hour. I think that too is a computationally intensive task.

It's ok. Code Refugee proceeded to put me in my place. Balance is restored.
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Discussions - Public / Re: So I upgraded my hardware, finally
« Last post by unix on June 11, 2017, 05:34:37 PM »
One word is all you have to say!!?  >:D :P

No, I am just stunned into silence by that revelation. There goes my entire theory. One simple example disproves it.

I encrypted the entire hard drive of the desktop and that took forever and an hour. I think that too is a computationally intensive task.
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