Good news

Wouldn’t it be great if this kicked off a trend?

U.S. workers have been dealing with the effects of outsourcing for years now. But in a trend that many no doubt would like to see continue, General Motors Co. has committed to bringing back technology jobs it now outsources.


The automaker currently outsources about 90 percent of its information-technology services, including running data centers and writing applications, to other companies. But in a 180-degree turn, newly installed chief information officer, Randy Mott, who joined GM in February, wants to “insource” 90 percent of the company’s IT operations within three years,InformationWeek reports.


Bringing back IT jobs at the scale GM needs would require the Detroit-based company, which currently employs about 1,500 IT workers worldwide, to go on a hiring binge to staff the three U.S.-based software development centers it’s planning to build. Those would include jobs such as software developers, project managers,database experts and business analysts, according to the magazine.

Fuck the elites

So Pete Peterson-surrogate David Walker is pushing a new deficit plan, I guess because people are connecting the dots about Simpson Bowles. Check out the insight into how the Very Serious People think:

To most Democrats’ chagrin, Walker’s group wants to block-grant Medicaid, repeal and scale back parts of the Affordable Care Act, and raise taxes on Americans who are above the poverty live but pay no federal income taxes, as it outlined in a 2011 fiscal reform plan.


“There are a lot of people well above the poverty rate who aren’t paying income tax,” says Walker, the former Comptroller General who previously ran Pete Peterson’s foundation. He acknowledges that the tax change won’t be a big money saver. “That’s not going to generate a lot of money, but we’ve got to have more people have a stake in government finance,” he explains, adding that the framework would hold middle-class taxpayers harmless.

Punitive taxation! The man is a genteel monster.

We’ve seen this kind of “gentle” character guidance from our betters again and again. These are the same geniuses who decided people were being wasteful with their medical benefits, and instituted significant co-pays that did exactly what they wanted: kept sick people from going to the doctor’s. It worked so well that people were getting seriously ill, because they delayed seeing a doctor until their condition was serious. Progress!

God, I hate these people.

Quote of the day

David Sirota:

After months on a conservative station, I’ve concluded there arent more liberals/independents in such venues mainly because it is a withering psychological assault. Hearing the intense hate & vitriol from callers everyday can undermine one’s faith in humanity – and that’s a major occupational hazard that many choose to avoid. I’m not complaining, of course – but I’ve found a deeper understanding of why our media is the way it is. I will also add any reporter/activist who hasn’t listened to local talk radio in the heartland simply cannot appreciate the strain of hate that’s now pervasive in America.

Virtually Speaking Science

Virtually Speaking Science – Live 4pm pacific – 7pm eastern

Science Writer and author Jennifer Ouellette welcomes Annie Murphy Paul, author ofThe Cult of Personality Testing(why the Myers Briggs and similar tests are little more than modern horoscopes), and Origins, the latter about how processes happening while we’re still in the womb can shape who we become, inspired by her own experience as an expectant mother.

Jen says Annie’s newest – ‘BRILLIANT: The Science of Smart’ – is about how we learn, and the implications of the latest cognitive research for education and child-rearing. They will likely chat about all of those things…’

Follow @anniemurphypaul @JenLucPiquant

Links

Listen live or later: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/virtually-speaking-science/2012/10/10/jennifer-ouellette-annie-murphy

http://anniemurphypaul.com/

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/10/books/review/10SATELL.html?_r=0

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Strange

Via Avedon, some bizarre news:

CHICAGO (CBS) — The President of the South Suburban Branch of the NAACP alleges a director of the re-election campaign of Barack Obama has threatened and intimidated him because he doesn’t support the president.


WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser has the exclusive story.


David Lowery says he believes he was threatened during a phone conversation with Louis Raymond, the Illinois political director for Obama for America.


Lowery says he doesn’t personally support the president because he’s not addressing issues important to the black community. He said he was explaining that to Raymond when the Obama campaign official told him, “You know what? I know everything about you.”


Lowery says Raymond added, “We’ve been watching you, and since you don’t support Obama, we’ll deal with you,” before hanging up.


Lowery filed a report with the Oak Forest police report, he says, “in case something happens.”


He says it was suggested the NAACP should automatically back the president. Lowery notes a non-profit cannot support a particular candidate.


He says it’s a clear signal the Obama campaign is concerned about the black vote.


Lowery hosts an internet radio program called “Let the Truth Be Told,” where he’s made no secret of his displeasure with the president.

R.I.P.

Alex Karras, 77:

Karras played for the Lions from 1958 to 1970 and was suffering from several illnesses, including dementia, over the last two years. He is one of 3,500 NFL players suing the league over its treatment of head injuries.


Following his NFL career, Karras went Hollywood, starring in Mel Brooks’ 1974 classic Blazing Saddles. In addition to other appearances on TV and in film, Karras starred in the ‘80s series Webster.

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