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  • Reply to

    Global Worming Update - Snow in Michigan

    by langosta_fla May 16, 2016 11:41 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor May 17, 2016 9:48 AM Flag

    We understand that you don't think that "we can influence or change global events:. And that's the primary reason that you don't have job designing or building cars, trucks, electronics, or power plants. And not designing or building rockets, ships, military equipment, or satellites.

    We have been influencing and changing global events for a couple of centuries now. But, you, clearly have not been part of that.

  • vt_investor vt_investor May 17, 2016 9:33 AM Flag

    When what happened to all those manufacturing jobs?? You can't be talking about the time when all those robots and computers were moved in to fill those manufacturing jobs? You clearly aren't be concerned about that because moving in those robots just increased productivity and profits, while cutting costs, including employee hours and pay.

    Auto manufacturers can make the same number of cars now, with less than half the number of manufacturing employees. The same goes for manufacturers of electronics, and everything else. Working in a warehouse? Now, with the automation and robots that they use, warehouse employers have been able to cut their employee force by 2/3, or more..

    Yes, some manufacturing jobs have moved to Asia, or elsewhere, but at the same time, as those jobs have moved overseas, American manufacturing output has increased by 25%, or more, here at home. That's a lot more manufacturing here, but not any more, and, in fact, fewer manufacturing jobs here to produce a lot more stuff.

    Yes, "it" happened to all those manufacturing jobs. What are we going to do about it?

  • vt_investor vt_investor May 17, 2016 1:11 AM Flag

    You are partly right, Springer. The demand for STEM graduates, at various levels is very different, depending on level, location, and especially the particular skill. For example, in computer science, there is almost no demand for compiler developers any more, but there is a huge demand for mobile developers, as well as those with security and "big data" database backgrounds. The demand for those with STEM Ph.D's is slow because there are few academic positions open for new Ph.Ds, but there is a huge demand for microwave design engineers. There is no demand for petroleum engineers now, but the demand for qualified candidates for technical positions requiring STEM skills including machinists, operators, craftworkers, distributors, and technicians (skilled trades for manufacturing), is very high. Engineers with mechanical, electrical, and computer skills in robots are in high demand, but demand for biomedical engineers and chemists is not so high.

    The other STEM problem that we see now is that everyone needs a solid grounding is science, math, and engineering. Improving everyone’s STEM skills would clearly be good for the US workforce and for people’s employment prospects, for public policy debates, and for everyday tasks like balancing checkbooks, calculating risks, managing their home, and .using the tools that are now available and necessary for modern life and work. We need to figure out how to make all children literate in the sciences, technology, and the arts to give them the best foundation to pursue a career and then transition to new ones. Science, technology, engineering, and technology are going to be part of everyone's job now, and everyone now needs some STEM training in order to do their job.

  • Reply to

    Global Worming Update - Snow in Michigan

    by langosta_fla May 16, 2016 11:41 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor May 16, 2016 11:43 PM Flag

    "We have zero to do with it, can't stop or change it. And can't influence it in the least."

    It's becoming clearer why no one has ever wanted to work or serve next to you...

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    Gowdy and Comey In Common: Whining.

    by trueallday May 16, 2016 9:47 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor May 16, 2016 4:27 PM Flag

    The military?? so now you are trying to tell us that there are 14.4 million LGBT in the military?? If so, your numbers are way, way off, then.

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    Gowdy and Comey In Common: Whining.

    by trueallday May 16, 2016 9:47 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor May 16, 2016 3:18 PM Flag

    So your numbers may be right, Springer. Let's assume they are, without any further research, as you have already done that. 3.8% of the 380 million that you provide is 14,4 million. That might be the right number of LGBT in the US, and if that's so, than it's not hard to expect that at least 5% of that number are the T part of that group. And that's very close to the 700K that someone reported in another thread.

    That for providing the verification, Springer!

  • vt_investor vt_investor May 16, 2016 3:03 PM Flag

    Once a loose cannon, always a loose cannon. His opponent is going to be Hilary Clinton, so he starts firing at someone else! Next, it'll probably be you and me...

  • Reply to

    Global Worming Update - Snow in Michigan

    by langosta_fla May 16, 2016 11:41 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor May 16, 2016 12:43 PM Flag

    When you move north, Lan, you've got to get use to the weather up here! It's just not the same as Florida! Up here we have just 2 seasons. Winter and the Fourth of July. ;)

  • vt_investor vt_investor May 14, 2016 5:20 PM Flag

    Yes, i posted after TC said that Hitler never made that statement. There are so many statements that are now attributed, online, to various people who never made them. It now takes work to find who made any statement here, besides the actual poster, or the person they copied it from. I was glad to have TC let us know that that was not by hitler, so i didn't need to look it up.

  • vt_investor vt_investor May 14, 2016 1:27 PM Flag

    So is that why so many are now cutting the ability of our schools to teach anything,or to graduate knowledgeable citizens? The most important defense and armament that anyone can have is their knowledge and ability to think and solve problems. Without that, we are lost.

  • vt_investor vt_investor May 14, 2016 10:58 AM Flag

    And many have missed the fact that Mr. Trump LOANED his money to his primary campaign. He expects to be paid back with "other people's money", later in the campaign. He will probably end up not having spent a single cent f his own money for his campaign - and maybe even made some money, if that loan included an interest clause.

  • vt_investor vt_investor May 14, 2016 9:14 AM Flag

    And as long as he does that, people can make up what every thy want about what might be contained in those returns:

    - Who's he paid, and who paid him, for what?
    - How much does he really have?
    - How much does he have stored overseas?
    - Political contributions he's made?
    - How much has he give, or not given, to charities?
    - Shell companies hidden around the world?
    - Conflicts of interest that would make presidential actions a problem?
    - Something missing that someone might know about?

    At least he's doing everything he can to keep it an interesting campaign!

  • Reply to

    If trump becomes president

    by kkimball28 May 12, 2016 5:26 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor May 13, 2016 8:52 AM Flag

    "entice corporations to repatriate funds to the US"

    And what will they do with those funds once they are back in the USA? Put them in the same bank accounts where their other $2 trillion is stored? Trump has already been shown to have been very happy hiring illegals to build his buildings. You expect him to change now?

    No one is arguing that companies need the US market. They've already got that, and will keep it (mostly).

    The solution is not going to be easy. It's going to require a collection of things, including reducing the work week, providing more education, increasing wages (including minimum wage) in various ways, and more. Trump is not talking about a rational solution because it is so complicated (and he probably doesn't really understand, or have any idea what needs to be done, anyway), anyway.

  • Reply to

    If trump becomes president

    by kkimball28 May 12, 2016 5:26 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor May 13, 2016 1:37 AM Flag

    Much needed capital?? American corps now have nearly $2 trillion in cash sitting in bank accounts and money market funds. While collecting this cash, they increased manufacturing output by 25%, as I posted in another thread. At the same time, corps have cut employment and jobs by about 20%., while still increasing production. Corporation don't need to use their cash for production, factories, or employment. Yes, US companies do have a lot of money and investment overseas, but that's where 95% of their customers, and potential customers are. Companies invest their money where the growth is, and that is where the vast majority of their customers are. That's not in the USA.

    No rational corporate leader considers bring their overseas income back to the US, because they have no way to use it here. You are trying to solve a problem that no US company has.

    And holding corporate money in bank accounts is an interesting problem for many companies. The interest they are getting is as near zero as it can be. I am a member of non-profit with a large cash holding, which must be saved securely with no possibility of loss. The account, at a large bank, is currently earning interest of just 0.02% (That's 2 one hundredths of a percent!). We spent a while looking for a better return, and we found that with a shift to a different type of account, in a different bank, we could raise the return to 0.45%. That's better, but still not much at all. The more than a trillion dollars that US corps hold in similar accounts is also earning little. But companies consider that a better return that trying to invest in growth and greater output, because they know that they won't be able to sell any more product.

    Until demand for their products increases, there is no reason to make any more to sell. Demand won't increase until the middle class has more money to spend. And the middle class won't have any money because their jobs were replaced with robots/automation, and are now on food stamps.

  • Reply to

    Trump's Manufacturing Paradise Might Not Be So Hot

    by trueallday May 12, 2016 10:04 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor May 12, 2016 11:05 AM Flag

    From Trump's point of view, it is a true manufacturing paradise - for him, and those like him!! Over the past 15 years or so, US manufacturing output has risen by 25%, while manufacturing employment (the biggest cost), has dropped by more than 20%. Excellent for profits for Trump and other business owners.

    If you are wondering why all that government assistance, such as food stamps, is needed, there it is.

  • Reply to

    In a recent poll

    by springer_1994 May 12, 2016 7:16 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor May 12, 2016 8:27 AM Flag

    And the second question in that same poll was ....

    Who is "hotter" ..... ?

    The choices were Donald J Trump, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, and a T-Rex.

    For some reason Springer has refused to tell us who he voted for, but, no matter, the winner, by a considerable margin was the T-Rex.

  • Reply to

    I have often posted...

    by ndfirstsection May 11, 2016 3:05 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor May 11, 2016 5:01 PM Flag

    The majority of people who go south do so because they don't have to shovel snow down south. That's what 3 generations of my family did. Then they move into neighborhoods where the average age is somewhere north of 50. There are not many kids going to school from those neighborhoods, so schools are smaller, and taxes are lower. (Schools account for about 80% of most people's local taxes.)

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    What Will Be Found In Trump Tax Returns

    by trueallday May 11, 2016 11:48 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor May 11, 2016 3:31 PM Flag

    The Clinton Foundation tax returns are available to anyone online right now. Audit away!

  • Reply to

    What Will Be Found In Trump Tax Returns

    by trueallday May 11, 2016 11:48 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor May 11, 2016 1:27 PM Flag

    Of course he has no way to validate this - yet. He is simply guessing that Trump is doing what every other billionaire is doing to protect - and increase - his own wealth. If Trump were not doing all these things, which are all both possible and easy to do for a man of his wealth, we'd have to wonder if Trump was crazy..

  • Reply to

    Classless Trump

    by northvisitor34 May 11, 2016 8:10 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor May 11, 2016 9:22 AM Flag

    According to current polls, about 80% of Republicans will support Trump in November, and about 80% of Democrats will support Clinton in November. A winner will need to increase that to at least 90% by the November election.

    The question that most will want to answer is who is the conservative and who is the liberal candidate. There may be some interesting state switches as people discover that Trump appears to be to the left of Clinton on many issues.

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