Friday, June 18, 2010

The Gay Swami's Happy Friday Hour with Paul McCartney!

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Happy Birthday Wishes to Sir Paul McCartney! Turn up the volume!!!

Welcome back to The Gay Swami Times. Click here for previous issues. Since we can no longer count on our New Jersey “web developer” Sanjay, to send us timely copy without holding it ransom, we're down to recycling images (such as the one above).

In our previous issue entitled MAN-CRUSHINOMICS 101: Keep Your Hands on Your Puts and Keep Your Man-Crush Closer, we examined the otherworldly field of MANCRUSHINOMICS where our nation's leading politicians and “thought leaders” plumb and thumb the depths of the highest rollers in the land who turn the otherwise scholarly field of economics UPSIDE DOWN. From the Beltway to the board room, these casino capital derivatives beasts have their fraternal fingers all over the place.  Omm...

Today, infinite lifetimes of celebratory congratulations go out to dreamy Sir Paul McCartney on the 68th anniversary of his birth in this current life.

Sir Paul is The Gay Swami's most favorite, hands-down Beatle! Sir Paul was in the news, most recently appearing at the White House to rock Barry and serenede Michelle (he sang “Michelle) while all HELL was (and still is) breaking loose in the Gulf of Mexico!

But don't worry, because many lifetimes of prayers are with swoony and heavenly Al Gore to be taking care of business to clean up the black hole in the Gulf.

In honor of celebrating Sir Paul's special day, click on the video above to hear The Gay Swami's most favorite “Paul song” with the Beatles, Fixing a Hole!

Happy Man-Crush Friday!


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Heads on a Plane - Southwest Finds Dead Heads

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Land of the Free (Trade), Home of the (Slave/Black Market Trade) Brave?

Heads on a Plane!

Tails from the Crypt

Little Rock – A Southwest Airlines employee discovered what was described as 40-60 human heads inside an improperly packaged shipment bound for a Ft. Worth facility of medical researcher Medtronic. Although the practice of utilizing and shipping human body parts for medical instruction and research is common, a company official remarked that it is “rare for a shipment to be seized.”

Skullduggery or just more glorious black market monkey business as usual in the  loophole ridden, Neo-Frat Boy Corporate States of America? We don't know, but a coroner had this to say:

"We've come to the conclusion that there is a black market out there for human body parts for research or for whatever reason," said Pulaski County coroner Garland Camper. "We just want to make sure these specimens here aren't a part of that black market and underground trade."

Whether dead or alive, human trafficking apparently isn't just limited to the LEGALIZED practice of living H-1B, F and L visa holders responsible for driving down wages and taking jobs from American citizens via the importation of cheap foreign labor, either! The article states that dealing in human body parts is LEGAL, too! Is America the ultimate Holy Land of Skullduggery?

Federal law generally prohibits the sale of human body parts, although suppliers can be reimbursed for expenses in cases of legitimate medical education or research.
"It is a lucrative business. There is money to be made," Camper said. "We're hoping that this isn't the case."”

Don't worry. Just remember to keep your heads – and any other body parts belonging to your body's temple even closer.

Party on, plebes!


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Schumer Call Center Bill to Reduce Outsourcing

Schumer Call Center Bill to Stem Job Outsourcing: Will it Boost Insourcing?

New York – The New York Daily News reports Democratic NY State Senator Chuck Schumer is proposing a bill that would tax businesses for transferring U.S. based call center jobs to foreign countries by charging them 25 cents for every service call placed abroad. The bill would also require companies to inform their customers when their calls are transferred out of the U.S. and to which specific country they are being transferred to. Is this bill that is also requiring foreign call centers to disclose their specific country due to a major decline in quality and service for U.S. citizens?

"1.6 billion calls are being transferred to call centers, often without the customer's knowledge," Schumer said.

Although outsourcing proponents claim that initial savings of up to forty percent occur with sending U.S. jobs overseas, some assert that companies “could see productivity losses of up to 60 percent when the full cycle of application development is outsourced, leading to longer development times."

In other words, giving U.S. jobs to cheap foreign workers is not locally sustainable – neither economically or from a competency/quality of services perspective. While India has been the largest recipient of U.S. jobs both there and here, no wonder we are seeing jobs vanish for our locals. But mounting and unprecedented job losses for American citizens have prompted U.S. policy makers to address the employment needs of their American constituents (ahem, voters) to halt the bleeding of jobs to foreign countries.

Is this bill, however, priming the pump for “backshoring”?

What good is it if U.S. companies like NCR, GE, and Dow bring their call center and/or development and manufacturing operations back home when they support foreign outsourcing companies and imported workers from India instead of American workers? Could Senator Schumer be taking a page right out of Ohio governor Ted Strickland's playbook?

Is Schumer's bill truly addressing the employment needs of American workers by penalizing U.S. businesses for handing jobs to workers in other countries or will this bill prompt an increase in the already unsustainable numbers of IMPORTED workers under student and labor F-1 and H-1B visa programs to continue taking jobs away from American graduates and professionals and driving down local wages and compensation plans?

Where is the equivalent bill to stop the influx of IMPORTED Indian outsourcing companies like Wipro, Tata and Infosys along with workers from India to take jobs from Americans in  professions like health care, electronic healthcare records, information technology and the legal profession? As the article notes:

"On their part, India’s top outsourcing companies Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys, Wipro and HCL have already started setting up development centres in locations such as Atlanta and Michigan. While TCS aims to double its foreign workforce from 10,000 currently to 20,000 over next five years, Infosys and Wipro could see non-Indians account for 10-15% of their total employee base in next 3-5 years, from around 5% currently."