12.04.2004

Work For State Jobs Agency Sent Overseas TBO.com (12/04)
More fun in FLA...

he state agency charged with finding jobs for Floridians has itself contracted for work that is being performed in India.

The revelation comes as Gov. Jeb Bush's ambitious outsourcing and privatization campaign is drawing scrutiny in the state Capitol, with at least one Senate committee preparing to examine more closely how the state farms out work to the private sector.

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Records obtained by the senator indicate that the Agency for Workforce Innovation, formerly the state's Labor Department, contracted in 2001 with what is now HCL Technologies Ltd.'s Massachusetts operation to establish a one–stop computer system, consolidating and streamlining older systems.

In a letter to Campbell, HCL said work on the $6.6 million contract takes place at the agency site in Tallahassee with "some coding" done at HCL's offshore center at Mumbai, India.

The letter did not detail the extent of that work, and Rajiv Shesh, president of HCL Technologies (Mass.) Inc. wouldn't provide additional detail Friday.

The volume is not an issue to Campbell. "It's the total antithesis of what they're supposed to be doing," Campbell said.


Wait for it, wait for it...
Bush said he was unaware of the contract. He has stated that Florida should not outsource state jobs to foreign companies, but he said Friday, "The once-removed stuff is impossible in a global economy to deal with."

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There are about 116,000 full–time state employees, down about 10,400 from when Bush became governor in 1998. He recently formed the Center for Efficient Government to advance the goal of privatizing state work.

Bush said Friday that the purchase of items including computers and vehicles involves secondary foreign labor. "We'll have to go back to peasant life in the 19th–century United States if we're going to eliminate the indirect aspects of globalization," he said. "We'll all just be farmers and we'll sell to our neighbors and life will be great."


DON'T KID YOURSELF FOLKS: Ol' Jeb won't be a "peasant farmer," he'll be (and, indeed, already is) a wealthy land–owner who owns you lock, stock & 2 smoking barrels. This is exactly what Bush Co. wants and Grover Norquist has said as much: they want to privitze everything (the first thing the did in Iraq and plan on doing in Cuba) and stick it to the common man.

But hey, we all know that what's really important is that the homos can't marry and women can't decide what to do with their own bodies.

12.03.2004

Cue the band and start marching? Salon.com (12/03)

"George W. Bush: Our Leader."

That message, stamped in looming letters alongside the president's smiling mug, currently graces several billboards in Orlando, Florida, along Interstate 4. Some images of the billboards were posted on Democratic Underground.com just before the Thanksgiving holiday, and have been making the rounds on the Web since. The billboards in question are controlled by media juggernaut Clear Channel Communications, and also carry a tag saying that the contents are a "political public service message brought to you by Clear Channel Outdoor."

Say what?

But at least some Floridians, as Byrne notes, find the billboard campaign to be more chilling than sunny:

"One Orlando resident penned a concerned letter to the Orlando Sentinel on Saturday. 'The first thing I thought was, when was the last time I have seen a president on a billboard?' wrote resident Dianna Lawson. 'Didn't Saddam Hussein have his picture up everywhere? What next, a statue?'"


Blasphemer! How dare this 'Dianna Lawson' question Our Fearless Leader and compare his majesty to the filthy Saddam? Has someone called Homeland Security to check this woman out immediately!

This year we've outsourced Christmas to China Ethical Corporation (12.01.04)
Ho Ho Ho, and a lump of coal with your pink slip! Ho Ho Oh...

Myth 1) Father Christmas lives at the North Pole

This is actually incorrect. He did, but has now been relocated to a low cost base in southern China and currently works out of an unheated shipping agents office in Fujian Province.

He's shaved the beard off, given up the egg nog and is learning Mandarin.

Myth 2) Santa's Little Elves make all the toys

This is sadly no longer true either.

Father Christmas and his non–executive directors hired a leading firm of City accountants who undertook a cost benefit analysis and decided to relocate the Elves to Guangdong and replace them with migrant workers from Hubei province.

At present toy production is continuing though reportedly a row is brewing over Father Christmas's refusal to recognise the All China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU).

Hey, but at least you can get all the cheap plastic crap at Wal–Mart right? I mean worker protections, and fair & living wages are so 20th century... Ho Ho Ho. Bah humbug.

Back to blogging SOON. Promise. At least once a day from now on. Please visit the "Hollywood Progressive Institute," and remember the following...

As soon as you're born they make you feel small
By giving you no time instead of it all
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be
They hurt you at home and they hit you at school
They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool
Till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

When they've tortured and scared you for twenty odd years
Then they expect you to pick a career
When you can't really function you're so full of fear
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

Keep you doped with religion and sex and tv
And you think you're so clever and classless and free
But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be


There's room at the top they are telling you still
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
If you want to be like the folks on the hill
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

If you want to be a hero well just follow me
If you want to be a hero well just follow me

Working Class Hero –John Lennon