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  • notthatflop notthatflop Dec 6, 2014 1:43 PM Flag

    Furthermore, look at all the Indian Nationals that come here and get jobs in Technology on VISAs. If you go to a #$%$ school, have a degree in African Studies, don't be surprised if you are not hired. Education and the right degrees in the job market are needed too. There are tons of jobs in Technology, the unemployment rate in Tech is below 4% - that is beyond full employment. Believe me managers would rather hire an American Black person than a foreigner.

  • notthatflop notthatflop Dec 6, 2014 1:34 PM Flag

    Elk, your #3 point about hiring IS ABSOLUTE POOP! Having working in Corporate America for decades, believe me when I say that there is an incredible push to get Black people hired. Everything is done to make sure that hiring is held off by HR if candidates of color aren't found. I've seen HR work like mad to ensure that women and black candidates are sourced/recruited and looked for before a white person can get hired. If they are not as qualified as a white person, that is not the fault of the white person. Every opportunity is provided by Corporate America these days - it is easier to bet hired if you are black than white - you just need to be qualified. And yes, this is based on real life experience, not some opinion I've read on-line.

  • notthatflop notthatflop Dec 5, 2014 6:55 PM Flag

    that was pretty good......I still think the Beck's beer commercial about Germans relaxing is the best.....You will relax NOW!.....LOL

  • notthatflop notthatflop Dec 5, 2014 4:37 PM Flag

    Your German is terrible! In all seriousness, you actually believe we can't learn something here?

  • notthatflop notthatflop Dec 5, 2014 4:37 PM Flag

    Whether or not the policy is enacted, one thing is clear: America could learn a thing or two from Germany when it comes to healthy work attitudes.
    Imagine the outcry if an American politician or high-ranking government official suggested a "no emails after 6 p.m." policy. The reactions? Probably: "She's a lazy bum!" "He wants a nanny state!" "The government wants to take away my right to work all the time and neglect my family!"
    I happen to have a job that I love, and I don't mind answering emails at all hours. But not everyone is so fortunate. For fear of losing their jobs, many Americans not only check emails after hours but also go to work while sick. Who cares if you're giving everyone strep throat? At least the boss knows you're a hard worker.
    And then there are the people who can make ends meet just fine, but still feel the need to be workaholics. Does our Protestant work ethic condition us to classify leisure time as a moral failure? Are we in some sort of sick competition to see who can be the most over-worked, over-stressed person?
    Compared with other rich countries, America is more stressed and less happy. According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, we are 28th among advanced nations when it comes to work-life balance -- ninth from the bottom. If increasing our work hours hurts us instead of helping us, why exactly do we do it?
    What's fascinating about this topic is that American conservatives love to extol America's "family values" while demonizing those godless European countries like Germany. Yet America has no mandatory maternity leave, no limits to the work week and certainly no interest in curtailing the ability to be "on call" 24 hours a day.
    Isn't it pro-family to be able to have the time to care for a newborn? Isn't it pro-family to be able to spend time, uninterrupted, with your loved ones in the evening?
    Journalist Matt Bruenig argued in The Week earlier this year that if American social conservatives really wanted a return to households where men were the breadwinners, women stayed home with the kids and people had more time for family overall, they should embrace European-style socialism.
    But as the "no email after work" proposal demonstrates, some Germans fear they're getting too close to attaining that great American value called stress. In the United States, one in nine employees work more than 50 hours a week. In Germany, it's one in 18. That's a big difference. But get this -- in the Netherlands, only one in 152 employees works more than 50 hours per week, making Germany look quite "American" in comparison.
    Whether Germany restricts emails after hours isn't the point. The point is protecting your work-life balance. Germany knows how to do it, and we don't.
    Granted, some jobs, such as doctors, paramedics and firefighters, require some level of being on call. Other jobs -- which is to say, the majority of jobs -- have no such need. Nevertheless, we Americans always have our laptops open, our smartphones on and our tablets handy. Better be ready in case the boss needs us during dinner, family time or vacation.
    But this attitude will be worth it in the end, right? At least on our deathbeds we'll never have to say, "I wish I'd made myself more available by email after work."

  • Yes, boys and girls - there is much we can learn from the Germans! Is there really anyone that won't praise how Germany is saving Europe and how the best cars/engineers are German? Remember, our own space program was built on the backs of Germans.

    (CNN) -- As a frequent traveler to Germany, I can't help but compare it to the United States. At first, I admired its new architecture. Then I became fascinated with how many different recycling bins line the streets. Lately, I've been marveling at the country's work-life balance.
    Germans work on average 35 hours per week by law. Yet, Germany hasn't lost any edge as an industrial powerhouse. In fact, Germany has remained Europe's biggest economy, even helping to keep the continent afloat during the global recession. (Though lately, growth has been modest for Germany as anxiety looms over Europe' drag economy.)
    And let's not forget the amazingly generous maternity-leave policies. When German babies are born, parents can take up to 14 months off of work while still making 65% of their salary.

    Concern for work-life balance doesn't stop there. German Labor Minister Andrea Nahles is calling for an "anti-stress regulation" forbidding employers from contacting their employees after business hours. No emails. No phone calls. No text messages. Talk about protecting people's personal time.
    There's good reason to be concerned about work-life balance. One-third of all heart disease cases are linked to stress, often from working too hard. A 2012 study showed that working lengthy hours increases current and future risks of depression. As NPR reported this week, a health expert from the Federation of German Trade Unions has sounded an alarm about the stress, burnout and reduced productivity that result from working too much.
    life balance
    Whether or not the policy is enacted, one thing is clear: America could learn a thing or two from Germany when it comes to healthy work attitudes.
    Imagine the outcry if an American politician or high-r

  • notthatflop notthatflop Dec 5, 2014 1:34 PM Flag

    true....yet you also find time to post here every day too. In all seriousness though, it was absolutely disgusting what those people (I use the term people very lightly) did. They should all be locked up and the ones inciting should be made to repay all the property damage.

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    Global Warming is alive and well!

    by roblancelot Dec 4, 2014 6:22 PM
    notthatflop notthatflop Dec 5, 2014 12:05 AM Flag

    DickW - I don't want the last laugh.....the last laugh means I lose! Please wake up and see the light. Why is it so hard to understand that I want a planet for us to live and survive on?

  • Reply to

    Global Warming is alive and well!

    by roblancelot Dec 4, 2014 6:22 PM
    notthatflop notthatflop Dec 4, 2014 10:34 PM Flag

    I do watch have to know what the crazies are up to. Yes, they do make #$%$ up. Don't you remember when they went to court AND won that they don't have to report facts, just entertainment stuff/opinions disguised as the news? Look it up Poleo.

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    Blue, Who is Terry Bean?

    by fraud_z_buster Dec 4, 2014 8:42 PM
    notthatflop notthatflop Dec 4, 2014 10:01 PM Flag

    Is he the one who took your bra off? Are you still mad at him for being so easy Fraudleyz?

  • Reply to

    Global Warming is alive and well!

    by roblancelot Dec 4, 2014 6:22 PM
    notthatflop notthatflop Dec 4, 2014 8:32 PM Flag

    all you are doing is making RWNJ's heads hurt.....stop writing about facts and be like Fox....just make stuff up!

  • notthatflop notthatflop Dec 4, 2014 4:33 PM Flag

    actually, I misread rage and thought he wrote bad. I read it too fast.

  • notthatflop notthatflop Dec 4, 2014 4:01 PM Flag

    "and encourage rage and resentment among them to advance their political agenda" - congrats, you've completely lost your mind. What a disgusting thing to write or even think.

  • notthatflop notthatflop Dec 4, 2014 4:00 PM Flag

    OMG actually got one right for once. He should keep his yap shut about these cases. He isn't helping at all. Like the stupid beer thingy he had at the W.H., so dumb.

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    Elk - a question and an observation

    by notthatflop Dec 3, 2014 4:23 PM
    notthatflop notthatflop Dec 4, 2014 2:19 PM Flag

    "why didn't you just pull out your guns and shoot them dead?" - come on Elk, that is a low blow. I'm not an idiot, just disgusted at their behavior. There is a difference.

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    Elk - a question and an observation

    by notthatflop Dec 3, 2014 4:23 PM
    notthatflop notthatflop Dec 4, 2014 2:17 PM Flag

    Elk - obviously we don't see eye to eye on Ferguson. The NYC case for instance, completely different and I'm shocked that they were not indicted. I think peaceful protest and reviews of NYC actions are in order there. Note, the key word is PEACEFUL.....keep this in the news. Every case has to be examined in its own merits, you can't lump everything together.

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    O/T- Garner Case

    by bum5353 Dec 4, 2014 12:59 PM
    notthatflop notthatflop Dec 4, 2014 2:14 PM Flag

    Yes Doc, we agree. They should be prosecuted for doing an illegal choke hold. This is completely different than what happened in Ferguson. They contributed to his death and I'm sure unintentionally, but contributed. What is the term? Manslaughter? They should have been indicted. I don't agree about the other things you wrote though.....we don't live in the middle ages.

  • notthatflop notthatflop Dec 4, 2014 12:16 AM Flag

    2014 is hottest year on record........sorry to burst your bubble.

  • notthatflop notthatflop Dec 3, 2014 8:09 PM Flag

    Yes, "compile" is very important......

  • Reply to

    Elk - a question and an observation

    by notthatflop Dec 3, 2014 4:23 PM
    notthatflop notthatflop Dec 3, 2014 6:50 PM Flag

    Elk - you didn't answer the question. Don't you think all the witnesses would have reported such a thing? And why were witnesses intimidated and threatened.

    I do agree with the rioting after sports events - those people should be prosecuted to the full extend of the law. Neither wrong makes a right or excuses behavior like that. We were talking specifically about Wilson and Brown.....

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