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Re: h1b racket in jersey city about to crash
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Trump can't take away the program, that would take an act of Congress. He is slowing it down though via his executive powers. Last month, the program where an employer pays extra $$$ to get faster approvals was suspended.

Open borders has supports from both parties. The Democrats expand the welfare rolls and therefore over time, gain new voters. The Republican big donors gain cheap labor.. meat packing employees to discount STEM people. The latter has become a huge racket, turning America's tech employers into a modern version of a Roman Latifundium.

Open borders had a lot of support early last century as well, for similar reasons as above (though no welfare state yet). Eventually though, immigration was controlled via a series of acts of Congress post WWI, with immigration being severely limited by 1924 until 1965. The percent foreign born dropped from near 40% of the population to about 4%. The break allowed for generational assimilation and gradually end a host of immigration induced problems.

Posted on: 4/21 8:35
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Re: h1b racket in jersey city about to crash
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It's all smoke and mirrors about this topic.
The MAIN reason that we don't have enough blue and white collar jobs throughout the US has nothing to do with H1B visa's . Trump is diverting the true problem with this crap - see attached about the cause and effect ... basically corporations have invested their manufacturing and infrastructure in China and other 'cheap' labor countries that don't have the same labor and environmental laws as we do here ...


We actually been getting a lot of manufacturing returning to the USA in large part because we have some of the cheapest energy in the world , places like China aren't that cheap anymore, and a need to reduce transit costs associated with the supply chain.

However, the assembly line, low to moderate skill jobs aren't coming back with the manufacturing. I'll link to a case in point:

Textile (yarn) manufacturer headed for China in the '90s for the cheap labor. In 2010, the US plant was re-opened. In its previous peak during the 1980s, it employed over 2,000 people. Today: about 140 workers due to automation.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/bus ... .html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Posted on: 4/19 17:13
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Re: h1b racket in jersey city about to crash
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I Cringely has been covering the H1B Visa issues for a long time. A tidbit:

Now to the H-1B observations of my old friend and longtime reader who has been a CTO at several companies:

My first exposure to H1B was when I was consulting to multiple VC’s back in the dot-com era. Several VC’s I did work for, the portfolio managers would instruct/demand their portfolio companies hire H1B’s instead of Americans for ‘common’ jobs such as programmers, DBA’s (database administrators), network admins and even IT help desk people.

The reason of course was $$$. The H1B’s cost approx. 1/3rd or 1/4th the cost of the comparable American in same job.

I remember this one VC board meeting where the CEO of a portfolio company said the H1B’s in his company were complaining about their sub-standard pay, and one of the VC partners said, “Fuck them. Tell them if they don’t like it, we’ll toss their ass out, get another H1B to replace you and you’ll be on your way back to India.”

Fast forward to mid- to late-2000s:

I learned (while working) at (an unnamed public technology company) a LOT about H1B. We had contracted with several of the Indian firms such as Infosys, Wipro, Tata, Impetus, TechMahindra for ‘outsourcing’ and ‘offshoring’ ordinary tech work like programming, dba’s, documentation, etc.

The rates were very enticing to any corporation: we were paying anywhere from $15/hour to a *max* of $28/hour for H1B folks from those Indian firms (which btw, had set up US subsidiaries as ‘consulting/contractor firms’ so that American companies were hiring “American workers”).

The jobs we were hiring from TechMahindra, Wipro, etc., were jobs that American workers of same skillset and experience would be paid in the range of $80k-$170k (annual, which translates to $52-110/hour when you factor in benefits, medical, etc.). Quite a considerable difference in cost to the corporation.

At one point we had ~800 staff in India that worked for Infosys/Wipro/etc.) but had H1B ‘project managers’ onsite in the US from Infosys/Wipro/etc. to manage those armies of people in India (i.e. – deal with language issues, scheduling, etc.).

I got to know some of the H1B’s that were in the US working for us. I asked them, “How can you afford to live here on $15/hour?” The answer was they were living in group homes (e.g. – 8 guys would rent a townhouse and pool their money for food, etc.), plus had “no life” outside of work.

To which I’d ask, “why are you doing this?”. The answer was “it’s better than what we can get at home (India)” and they would manage to save some money. But more importantly, they were getting valuable experience for when they would return to India, they were highly sought after due to their experience in the US.

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Re: h1b racket in jersey city about to crash
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Re: h1b racket in jersey city about to crash
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How to go about NOT hiring Americans so you can instead hiring lower salaried and indentured H1Bs.

https://youtu.be/TCbFEgFajGU


Posted on: 4/19 12:28
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Re: Anyone know of a peditrician who is anti-vaccine or vaccine neutral in JC?
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If you are healthy and develop a strong immune system, you should not be afraid.


the reality is not everyone has a healthy immune system. not only does it place your child at risk, but without "herd immunity", those who are ineligible to receive vaccines due to weakened immune systems (transplants, etc) are also at risk. this is how outbreaks happen.


Some viruses actually are more deadly for those with healthy immune systems (i.e. Spanish flu, SARS). People die from the immune reaction (drowning in their own mucus). SARS was treated with immune suppressants, which then destroyed the bones of some of the patients.

Posted on: 4/19 9:57
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Re: Anyone know of a peditrician who is anti-vaccine or vaccine neutral in JC?
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Just to followup on your post... I was a recent JC meeting and a Hudson County Health speaker said the polio vaccinations (scar on shoulder) we received as kids is no longer good. I had no idea about shelf life for that... but it makes sense thinking about redoing Tetanus shots. Polio has been eradicated so there need to get that shot anymore. Vaccinations played a key role in that demise.


Since I have a kid incoming I got my antibodies tested to see which vaccinations were still good. Not sure if polio was checked. Have to email my doc and confirm. I found out my Rubella and Whooping Cough immunization was gone or severely weakened. Not long after me getting the blood work there was that guy with German Measles who was all over JSQ, possibly exposing thousands to the disease.

Getting an MMR booster left me the next day with the dry heaves (typical side effect in adults).

Posted on: 4/18 9:04
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Re: Hey Hipster Bikers (& Kids) - Wear Your Helmets!
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helmets are hardly the problem in this town compared to all the guys biking around breaking the rules of the road, biking the wrong way against traffic, using bike lanes that only go one way, etc.


I have come within inches of running over bike riders a few times in the past couple years. All because they ran a light, a stop sign, or did something else stupid. The last one ran a red light, riding at a high rate of speed, while going the wrong way down a one way street.

Posted on: 4/17 18:56
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Re: Anyone know of a peditrician who is anti-vaccine or vaccine neutral in JC?
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Are you planning on home schooling or becoming a member of an anti-vaccine religion like Christian Science?

http://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/docu ... _requirements-parents.pdf

http://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/documents/religious_exemption.pdf

If not, you are going to have an issue with the law when it comes to daycare, preschool, regular school, etc.

BTW: because immunity fades over time and the anti-vaccine movement, Rubella (measles), which is one of the most contagious diseases known to man is making a comeback. It is especially deadly for children.

Please re-think your anti-vaccine stance.



Posted on: 4/17 18:53
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Re: What's going there? (Heights edition)
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My map link in my post got screwed up. Trying again

Here

Posted on: 4/17 10:16
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Re: Dixon Leasing Cheating JC out of Taxes with the help of Rebecca Sysmes
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Dixon did a partial gut - rehab (twice because the 1st contractor didn't do such a good job), including a tear off / replace of the roof on the property next to mine. This was a house previously occupied by a hoarder with 30+ cats. My block no longer smells like cat piss. So personally, I have no negative issues with Dixon.

As for abatements.. 1-4 unit buildings are eligible for a 5 year abatement for major renovations, regardless who owns them (owner occupied or investor). You don't report rent income on units 4 or less to the city since they are not rent controlled and are taxed as residential (tax assessment based on comparison sales.. not rent income). So what exactly is this 'special' abatement that Dixon is getting?

Posted on: 4/16 13:04
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Re: What's going there? (Heights edition)
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Did the re-development project on Cook street (near the County Courthouses) get cancelled?

Originally, it was going to be similar to the development on St. Pauls Ave & Oakland (same developer I think). The signs showing the planned development are gone and it looks like the land is being used for parking by the County.

Did the County take this property as part of the new planned court house?

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7333617,-74.05718,20.5z

Posted on: 4/16 11:30
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Re: Hey Hipster Bikers (& Kids) - Wear Your Helmets!
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A balanced article debating if bike helmets actually reduce bike accident related deaths / serious injuries. Some of the comments are interesting as well.


https://momentummag.com/bicycle-helmets-holding-us-back-2/


Posted on: 4/16 10:17
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Re: Getting to EWR for a 6:30pm weekday intnl flight?
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The wife and I have taken Uber for our last two trips to EWR (to and from). We even used Uber in Bangkok. The only issue is that you occasionally get a driver who is not familiar with our area and relies on Google maps. Last time we ended up going 78 all the way South through Bayonne, instead of taking 1&9 (no toll, less distance).

Enjoy Uber while it lasts. IMO, drivers don't make enough to cover the depreciation on their cars. I think many drivers will realize this once major wear-n-tear expenses start to pile up (new brakes, new rotors, engine mounts, oxygen sensors, clutch, tires, etc.).

Posted on: 4/14 7:44
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Re: Pulaski Skyway Update ~ It Will Never Get Completed
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Too bad, they were making great progress.. but I am not surprised looking at 139, if this is the section just before passing JFK it looks like there is indeed quite a bit of structural consolidation to be done there. The plus side is that thereafter we will be DONE!


When the decking was removed near Central Ave I got a good look at the exposed I-beams. Sunlight was coming through thousands of little pinholes in the steel. That road was in really, really bad shape. I guess years of salt water leaching through the concrete ate away the steel.

Posted on: 4/14 7:37
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Re: Jersey City credit rating gets another boost
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What is the current total outstanding debt in $$?


that is fulop's little dirty secret.


Not a secret. Last time I read a number it was something like $775 million. My memory is a big fuzzy on the exact number.

Posted on: 4/12 9:34
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Re: Jersey City credit rating gets another boost
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What is the current total outstanding debt in $$?

Posted on: 4/12 8:07
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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With all the growth in this area, I am really not sure why they are not building more infrastructure to support it. I wish the city would think ahead and use budget wisely! Public transportation is crucial for all of us, especially as JC continues to grow.


Expense: rail alone costs $billions. Look at the estimated cost just to extend the PATH to EWR over an existing right of way. Then the system has to be subsidized since fares won't cover the operation expenses.


Posted on: 4/11 15:17
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Re: Getting title to an abandoned car
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I think moving it might be an error.

Nolo says:

Motor vehicles. Occasionally, a departing tenant will leave an inoperable or “junker” automobile in the parking lot or garage. l



I went through this about 6 years ago on a different property (junk car abandoned). My attorney handled it and after something like 90 days, I was free to remove the car.

As for the 'estate' in this case, the wife of the deceased requested that I remove the car so she could get the parking space back for her new car. She just doesn't have a copy of the title.

Posted on: 4/10 11:55
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Re: Getting title to an abandoned car
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I found an info packet for abandoned vehicles on the DMV site. Lots of paperwork it appears....

Posted on: 4/10 9:04
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Getting title to an abandoned car
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I had a friend of mine remove an abandoned car from one of my buildings. The friend was planning to chop the car up for parts. However, the car it turns out, is not in too bad of shape. He would like to get title to it.

The former owner is deceased and the car has been abandoned for about a year. So technically, I own it.. but how do I go about proving that to the MVC?

Posted on: 4/9 21:26
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Re: The World of ABC / The Waldo School - Reviews/Opinions
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Bumping an old thread... anyone send their kid to the pre-k / kindergarten program at this school? Not many review about it. However, their facility seem pretty interesting.


Posted on: 4/9 16:12
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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"Express" trains only work if there is another track or mechanism that allows them to bypass slower trains ahead of them. PATH doesn't have such an option.


Pre 9/11, there was rush hour express train of sorts Newark to WTC. It wouldn't take on additional passengers at the stations btw Newark and WTC. It didn't cut travel time of course.

Posted on: 4/6 15:07
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Re: St. Anthony's High School is Closing
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Yes, sad, but the fact is the Coach Hurley's basketball empire was attached to a lackluster school. From accounts for students and former teachers, the school was used as a cover for a basketball factory.


I worked with a guy who was a former teacher. He referred to the place as "Basketball School". He quit after being told to repeatedly pass failing students.

Posted on: 4/6 14:38
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Re: How to get a post office lockbox for an apartment?
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I did it by going to the PO that serves the building, talking to the manager. Normally I have to give them a key that lets the delivery person into the room with the mailboxes.

Posted on: 4/6 13:39
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Re: Homeowner's Insurance
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@MDM: are there good books, blogs or discussion forums that you recommend for wanna-be future real estate moguls?


This book was very helpful:

Landlording

Also have a lawyer that specializes in tenant / landlord law review your lease to make sure it conforms to NJ law. I found out I had an error in mine that made it much harder to collect late fees and recoup costs of damage done by tenants.


Posted on: 4/6 13:37
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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Meanwhile, PATH is the red-headed stepchild of PA. Tolls, airports and rental of facilities make money; PATH loses money. No one wanted it in the first place. It's stunning that PA puts any resources into the PATH system.


The only reason the PA runs the PATH: it was part of a deal to allow them to build the original WTC. In order to tear down the old H&M railroad office buildings and construct the towers, the PA had to take over the bankrupt H&M railroad.

Posted on: 4/6 11:10
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Re: Tax Appeal Filed Against Mayor Fulop
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My property isn't too far from Fulop's and has a similar appraised value (larger property, but lacking the Ogden Ave views). However, I pay about 3x in taxes.

The reval can't come soon enough.

Posted on: 4/5 16:57
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Re: Organic vegetable garden plants
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If your concern is purely health, the amount of chemical residue that would be in a mature fruit from a commercial start would be undetectable. Think of the mass of that tiny start compared to a mature plant and it's fruit. I also believe most of the health benefit of organic comes from no pesticides rather than the type of fertilization used. If you just want everything you touch to be organic, whatever.

I grow organically from either seeds or commercial starts, usually from Hudson Market on JFK. Are they still there? There was talk of them being sold.


The indoor store seems to be closed, but when I drove by a little over a week ago, it looked like they still had the outdoor market open.

BTW... 'Organic' uses pesticides. I have some organic approved pesticides that I use on spider mites. One of which I avoid on edible crops because its more toxic and more likely to leave a residue than the 'non-organic' variety.

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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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So what happened on the PATH today? Track condition?


Is track condition code word for suicide?



This was over 20 years ago... I walked onto the Newport platform moments after some women threw herself in front of the PATH train. The PA announced system delays "due to debris on the tracks". I never figured out if that announcement was an accident or someone had a really dark sense of humor.

Posted on: 4/4 11:27
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