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US Postal Service Proposes To Cut 120,000 Jobs

Friday, August 12th, 2011

One of the US governments biggest affirmative action programs – the US Postal Service- is proposing to cut 120,000 jobs and withdraw from Obamacare:

The financially strapped U.S. Postal Service is proposing to cut its workforce by 20 percent and to withdraw from the federal health and retirement plans because it believes it could provide benefits at a lower cost.

In a notice informing employees of its proposals — with the headline “Financial crisis calls for significant actions” — the Postal Service said, “We will be insolvent next month due to significant declines in mail volume and retiree health benefit pre-funding costs imposed by Congress.”

During the past four years, the service lost $20 billion, including $8.5 billion in fiscal 2010. Over that period, mail volume dropped by 20 percent.

It’s easy to see why the USPS loses so much money every year when labour force compensation accounts for 80% of all their costs (insane). $41.15 is the average wage of a postal employee (insane).

The USPS is also asking congress that it be allowed to deliver mail 5 days a week instead of the current 6. The Mayor has another idea: let the USPS deliver the mail once every two week’s. Seriously.

We just had a short-lived three or four week postal strike here in Ontario, and as God is The Mayor’s witness, The Mayor didn’t even know the post office was on strike for the first two week’s they were picketing. The only reason The Mayor did figure it out, was a few week’s into the strike, The Mayor went to throw his recycling box to the curb and noticed that it was nearly empty. “Where is all the useless crap and unwanted flyers and junk this week, honey?” The Mayor then found out the posties were on strike. Knock The Mayor over with a feather.

The Mayor honestly has no use for the postal service. He pays all his bills online and gets all his statements online. Other than that, the only time he needs the postal service is when he sends a note out to his penpal in Burma. And since the jungle has now introduced high speed internet, The Mayor needs the postal service even less.

Everyone knows that working for the USPS is akin to accepting welfare. You have to do little or nothing and get to play hide and seek for a grand a week, every week, for ever. The USPS is just like any other government organization – it’s meant to act as an affirmative action program and create and artificial minority middle class. Let’s see what happens when that is taken away. “Welcome to Riotville, my name is La’Brawnell, how can I be of service to you today?”

Niagara Falls OK’s School For The Poor

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

A school for low-income families in Niagara Falls Ontario got the green light last night, after being approved Tuesday night by trustees:

The District School Board of Niagara’s site, to be named DSBN Academy, would be the first of its kind in Ontario. The goal is to close the achievement gap for students living in poverty by removing barriers that prevent them from attending a post-secondary institution.

The students who would enrol at the school would represent the first generation of their families to attend a post-secondary school. A report from the board’s program and planning committee recommending the program said about 5,000 students enrolled in DSBN schools come from an impoverished family.

Acceptance numbers from each area would be divided among cities and towns based on population, said Tom Reynolds, the board’s project co-ordinator.

The school would offer Grade 6 and 7 this September, with no more than 75 students per grade, but would expand to include up to Grade 12 in subsequent years.

The current plan is to select applicants through a random computer-based lottery system.

Lottery system? There’s something you don’t have to teach the poor about.

When all is said and done, segregation is always the answer. We’re lucky that way in Ontario. Three years ago, The Conservatives of Ontario lost an election because their leader at the time, John Tory, mentioned that he believed separate schools would be a good idea. The press went wild. School teachers and their horde of union lackeys and administrators went berserk - “The Conservatives are destroying public edumacation!”, they screamed.

So the liberals won the election and one month later introduced ‘Afro-centric” schools in Ontario. BUT, they said, it’s not a separate school because ANYONE can attend.

A few months later, bacon, lettuce and tomato (bi-lesbian & trans-gendered) schools were introduced. Again, anyone can attend.

Now, schools for the poor.

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Now, these poor kids should do alright. They’ll have the benefit of new text books, new computers and supplies, tutoring and three squares a day (including delicious desserts, no doubt). So there’s every reason to believe they should move on to College. And if they aren’t doing well, I’m sure their grades will be “leveled off” to greatness, as these private schools will still need funding every year (wink wink).

Where’s the money to pay for this, you may ask?

An activist for poverty for 20 years as manager of the Community Care of West Niagara, Scott noted how the new school would offer stability to many children in the region whose housing situations cause them to move frequently throughout the school year. She also said by opening the new school, they are not taking away from other public schools.

Then the money will come from the money tree.

That’s where the money always comes from when no one knows where the money is coming from. Will other schools be affected financially by this? Nope, no program will be affected and the money will be taken from the money tree. The money tree feeds all. The money tree will buy the poor kid Keyshawn a new laptop.

So, this whole experiment will be done for free then?

Yielding said the only funding needed for approval is to cover an increase to transportation costs, expected to be a maximum of $431,600 for the 2011-2012 school year. Transportation funding will also be sought through community partnerships and government funding.

$431,600 to bus 150 kids to school? What’s that, $3000 a kid for busing? The first lesson they need to teach these poor kids’ is how to get a government job!

The Mayor isn’t coming down on the poor, I’ve been there myself  - well, not actually me, but I saw a homeless guy on TV once – but the poor in Canada are much different than the poor anywhere else in the world, including the US. Meaning, wait until Welfare High opens in September and count the numbers of new Nike’s that walk through the doors, as well as cellphones, laptops and MP3’s strapped to the heads of these poor kids’. Not to mention how many of the poor we’re talking about will have high speed internet at home, a big screen TV and a Playstation.

But Welfare High is a go and I wish the kids all the luck in the world. A bit of advice for these kids though: You probably don’t want to tell anyone you go to “the school for the poor”, rich kids can be so mean sometimes.

So long Israel, and hello Vienna! – Saved in Drafts

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

**It certainly wouldbe nice if Fenris revisited this piece and finished it. The Mayor doesn’t like posts that end with the word “and”. It leaves too much up in the air. This post is from 2.14.2010. Woulda coulda shoulda won some sort of award, and…

I have been bothered at my leisure with demands for production about the soon to be non-existance of Israel.  Yeah, sure, it is a tasty subject for satire.  It is grim and there will be quite a few war movies, great war movies of the future, to be written, scripted, story-boarded, filmed, edited, and shown.  So I will write quick, as there are only a few more paragraphs to go before I am done with you.

Today is the first Saturday after the Persians went public with the Bomb. They have the Bomb.  They have stated quite clearly the conditions under which they will use their Bomb.  This is quite Queensberry rules, and every dead Statesman you talk to on the Ouija board will tell you that what they say is true enough to take heed of, and if you heed their boundary conditions, the Bomb will not go boom.  So what?  So what does this have to do with Israel?  Those Persian atomic bombs can only hit Los Angeles, maybe San Francisco, certainly Honolulu.  Utah is safe.  So who cares?

Sure, Israel has the Bomb. They have the Bomb too.  Big Deal.  This problem is not a big problem as far as Military problems go.  Israel does not fear the Bomb.  They are more likely to fire their broadside first, and it just might happen in this wonderful decade of 2010.  But before we get to how earthquakes and atomic bombs are like each other in effect, I want to talk about the ruthless self-interest of nation states.

This is a bad thing for Israel, but not in the way you would expect. History suggests that powers that pay tribute, pay tribute for appeasement, effect, or subterfuge.

Appeasement. The defeated in war end up paying tribute.  A certain amount of the trillions invested in Israel every year has a proportion, a percentage that is simple weregild, blood money for a ’sorry we shot your Grandpa’ that comes with a rather nice greeting card.

Appeasement, but. But the great power that was enforcing this payment is under a leader of Hope and Change. He has been bowing to these other, lesser, tribute paying powers. Today, Saturday, the Final Decision Makers are listening to Opera at their weekend retreats, sipping the best, and deciding. Maybe the Israel money does not have to be paid. Not now. The Americans are choosing retreat as their policy. So weregild for Israel can stop.

Effect. Sure, your tribute money buys you some peace and contentment over close there to where the oil fields are. But lately, last few years, those shipping lines, pipelines, refineries are

Ram Tough

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

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It’s a pity the Chevy couldn’t dodge the ram.

Did you see what I did there? That was amazing. I should be given an award for that. Perhpas The Order of Canada? I’ll let history be the final judge.

If He Were President Today

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

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I could forgive all those shortcomings, but I refuse to vote for someone that doesn’t offer me Hope & Change®.

Without empty rhetoric, I can’t hear a word he’s saying.

Standards of necessity increased for dope trying to buy Nobel Peace Prize with US tax funds

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Did you know that you needed a cell phone? According to the US government, we must leave no stimulus unturned:

SafeLink Wireless offers qualifying customers FREE cellular service. This service is currently available in Alabama, Connecticut, D. of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

And more to come! What’s this all based on? A simple report by one Nicholas Sullivan, who wrote a report in April, 2008 that claimed that giving the poor free cell phones would help boost their economic activity:

This new study on cell phone usage in America is based on two new surveys—a scientific national sampling of 1005 households by ORC and a statistically large online sampling of 110,000 TracFone prepaid phone users.

In the much larger (albeit non-scientific) Tracfone survey, where 30% of working households (not retired, student, unemployed) attributed gains to their cell phones, the average annual gain cited was a much higher $2,361 per household.

I bet if I asked people if their cars made them money, they would likely say yes–they get you to work, they let you drive to the mall to buy work clothes, etc. That doesn’t mean the car is the factor that lets you gain wealth. But this is the false premise being given here, and is being asked of people here who realistically wouldn’t know how wealth is generated in the first place. (Likely answer: the government.)

The pushers for this program came from the New Millennium Research Council, of whom Sullivan is affiliated, a Washington-based “think tank.” The group is really a project of Issue Dynamics Corp., and has a list of clients that include:

Bell Atlantic
BellSouth
Coalition for Affordable Local and Long Distance Service (CALLS)
GTE
Metricom (a wireless Internet company)
Pacific Bell
Personal Communications Industry Assoc.
Qualcomm
Qwest
SBC Communications
Sprint
Telecommunications Research & Action Center
Teligent, Inc.
United States Telecom Association (USTA)
Verizon
Verizon Wireless

Any clue what these corporations and groups might have in common? You couldn’t find a bigger list of lobbyists trying to get the government to pick up the tab for “free” phone usage. Sullivan’s own book released two years ago, You Can Hear Me Now: How Micro Loans and Cell Phones are Connecting the World’s Poor, made the same argument but was using data from the poorest of the poor countries, and is starting to look like the telecom industries are the ones making the profits. Where’s his follow-up data saying how much better off the people of Bangladesh are now that they have cell phones? Cell phones are a means of conducting business, but they don’t suddenly make people richer just by sprinkling them on the masses.

Sullivan’s floppy logic has just increased the dependence of poor people on the government for a product they should be creating wealth to achieve, not simply being handed to them. The entire poverty industry has already disincentivized people from wanting to earn, and these free cell phones are another entitlement that a responsible government is now going to have to convince people that they have to be taken away.

Nick, can you hear us? Quit shilling for corporations and advocacy groups looking for more welfare when the cookie jar is already tapped out.

Job well done, government! Pay more people to quit!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

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Nothing quite like a review of outrageous compensation and salary packages within the BC government during an economic downturn. Take it away, Vancouver Sun:

Government figures released Monday show six of British Columbia’s top public-sector executives made more than half a million dollars last year.

Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development Moira Stilwell said the top salaries are justified to ensure the province’s vital organizations are run by the best people. “When you look at the top 10, those are all senior public sector executives that are leading huge complex organizations with hundreds of employees who are delivering important services that British Columbians depend on every day,” she said.

Uh huh, and the premier earns $186,000 a year. Perhaps being the premier is slightly more important?

This is as close to the disclosure that you will see for public sector employees, unlike Ontario. Let’s take a look at that top earner:

Topping the list was Don Cozzetto, former president of the University of Northern British Columbia whose $554,000 severance package — including moving expenses, vacation payout and other related payments — pushed him to $647,025.52. Cozzetto left the university last summer after an apparent disagreement about funding.

Apparently not about any of his funding. The man held the position since October of 2006. Two years! Take a look at some of the budget problems they were experiencing:

In the case of UNBC, it had initially been told it could expect $43.1 million for 2008-09. The government has now said the northern school will only receive $42.8 million. In 2007-08 the school received $41.3 million.

So if you read that the right way, the university got an extra $1.5 million from the previous year, yet they were still getting a budget “cut.” A 3.6% increase in the budget and he had a dispute with the government? Meanwhile, Cozzetto managed to lay off fifty employees in his short time there to make up a budget shortfall of $2 million. How much does his compensation package reduce any gains he might have made in budget balancing? Who else might face the axe?

The one problem is we also don’t have enough transparency with these institutions to see what kind of budgetary shortfall or performance the agencies are getting. BC Hydro gets a pass because my electricity is always on, but other than that, is the health care on Vancouver Island getting better? Are uni kids earning more after they graduate? A little deeper digging by the Sun might be a bigger help, and make for a far more in-depth article. Large salaries do attract capable people, and even government isn’t totally immune from market forces. We just want to make sure that they’re earning our money.

John Baird Doesn’t Want To Invest In Tolerance & Diversity

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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Frustrated that Toronto City officials couldn’t fill out a few forms properly that would ensure the city would get federal stimulus monies, federal Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Minister John Baird, lashed out at those Toronto City officials last Monday:

“Twenty-seven hundred people got it right. They didn’t. That is not a partnership and they’re bitching at us,” Baird said.

“They should f– off.”

Baird had since apologized.

To be fair to the folks at Toronto City Council, the person that was chosen to fill out the application for the federal monies was probably picked by a diversity coach trying to level the employment playing field. Although said persons skill-set doesn’t include speaking or writing English, it does include a medley of proficiencies when applied to gay/lesbian/transgendered workshops.

Canada Is A Child Hating Shithole

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

According to a UNICEF report, Canada ranks dead last when it comes to standards aimed at ensuring children get the best start in life through education and support programs among affluent countries. A UNICEF report says that Canada failed to meet nine of ten benchmarks that are crucial for children in their formative years:

“We over-invest in remedial action down the line when kids reach their teen years and under-invest in the early years when their behaviour, their comportment, their learning can really be set for the rest of their lives,” said Nigel Fisher, head of UNICEF Canada.

This is terrible news, The Mayor sits at his large mahogany desk with a tear forming in his left eye. How do we alleviate this problem, what must we do to correct this terrible imbalance:

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