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 by Will Moriaty
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 by Mike Smith
An Afternoon at the Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase
 by Andy Lalino
On Comics
 by Ben Gregory
Is Political Outsourcing Corporation Centralization With Media Hype?....One-Shots
 by Brandon Jones
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Is Political Outsourcing Corporation Centralization With Media Hype?

We’ve all heard the rhetoric of the 2 million plus jobs that have been outsourced. Working in corporate America, I have been ravaged with debate regarding some of these statistics and a recent Department of Labor report confirms my stance.

My company has had a longstanding process, dictated by money not ethics, to centralize certain jobs such as billing functions, customer service, phone answering etc…Jobs are essentially relocated to one location instead of scattered over a large geographical area. This has been within the state of Florida, reducing the job forces scattered in Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville etc… and there has been the corporate move which was national resulting in a reduction of jobs in each state.

Is this outsourcing? Are these number included in the 2 million?

According to the results released on Friday – Yes and Yes. In fact, only 2% of the outsourced jobs were actually relocated outside of America. 70% of the layoffs were instigated from relocations of jobs to somewhere else in the country. Exactly as my company has done over the years. Sure there are jobs going overseas, but it’s not what the media wants to feed us. Of course not, it’s all about the ratings and the topics that a presidential debate can handle.

Let’s not forget other factors such as businesses that become solvent, file bankruptcy, or just scale back. Likewise, none of these studies include the small, independent businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

Outsourcing is a cost savings for large corporations. Get that? A cost savings, which translates to NOT stopping anytime soon. The real focus is being shifted to outsourcing and NOT what the corporations are doing with those savings!

That wouldn’t deliver good ratings or political debate.

Read article first: http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/Northeast/06/11/teacher.soap.ap/

I wouldn’t even know where to begin. I’ll assume a ten-year-old is not still in the third grade – most are 7-8. I thought PUBLIC school meant that you listen to the opinions of the public. Just as though something negatively happens and response is needed, when the consensus wants a teacher reinstated, DO IT!

Are we teaching any of our kids to be responsible for their actions? No, we are sending the message that the student has the power NOT the teacher. Insanity!


“Man-Thing” – To enthrall Lalino, this comic adaptation is getting an “R-rating”, so much for box office success. Due in October. I’m sure that the sequel to “The Ring” will be PG-13 and make three times the box.

In contrast, to Terence’s disdain, there are serious grumblings again that a fourth “Jurassic Park” movie may get underway to make a 2005 push – I doubt it, but I thought it was worth mentioning. If for no other reason than feeding Terence’s hunger for another installment in this series.

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