Thought I would go for a career change as a result of the big Global Financial Crisis. So I did an 11 month course with Aviation Australia (the largest aviation maintance training organisation in Australia). Did really well topping my class with outstanding results, excellent attendance and what I thought was a good attitude (showed up, got on with it, didn’t bitch and moan, etc). Even did more than was required as I while my couse was mechanical I did the additional subjects required to complete avionics. Did the avionics stuff by myself over a period of about 4 months with books and notes. No instructor help. Just paid for and sat the exam.
Now I would think that having done all that I would at least get to an interview. Yes I had two back in late 2009 but since then zip. ..continue reading
What has happened to women’s rights and equality these days?
Every day there seems to be a story about the infringement on women’s rights.
Several weeks ago Al Franken introduced an amendment to assure the victims of rape (predominately women) are afforded the right to take legal action against their defense contract employers. The Senate Republicans were outraged that these contractors could be held accountable. They were more interested in protecting these corporations instead of protecting women from sexual assault.
Then the health care reform raged in recent weeks with the right of women to have insurance coverage for abortions as one of the key obstacles. It was also the final obstacle from Senator Ben Nelson Democrat of Nebraska who had to be assured that the government would not provide funds for abortions.
And then to add insult to injury Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo, the general in charge of 22,000 U.S. troops northern Iraq, announced this week that getting pregnant ..continue reading
The Republicans and FOX (aren’t they the same thing?) have the answers for increasing jobs and helping the economy.
Cut the minimum wage and eliminate unemployment benefits.
FOX is pushing the “cut the minimum wage” as a solution to the job problem even though almost every study done on the correlation between minimum wage increases and job loses shows that it has no effect and in fact increasing the minimum wage has expanded jobs in some areas.
Onto the next Republican idea to spur the economy.
Yesterday Michael Steele, RNC chairman appearing on NBC suggested that in order to get banks lending to small businesses the unemployment tax should be cut.
“Well, I think, first off, he should recognize that banks aren’t going to lend money to people who can’t pay them back. … So there’s — there’s this whole cycle of not understanding exactly how the ..continue reading
Colgan Air is blaming pilot error for the crash in Buffalo last February that killed all 49 on board and one person on the ground.
The airline released a 67 page report that blames the captain and first officer for not responding correctly to stall warnings, not completing checklists and failure to follow rules that prohibit unnecessary conversation during critical phases of flight.
The report concluded that the crash was due to ”loss of situational awareness and failure to follow Colgan Air training and procedures” by the captain and first officer.
The report did not blame the airline itself for placing two unqualified pilots into that cockpit.
Capt. Marvin Renslow, failed three pilot tests before joining the airline, but had disclosed only one on a job application. He failed another two check-rides while at Colgan Air.
First Officer Rebecca Shaw was a low time pilot who was earning a paltry $26/hour.
Currently the unemployment rate is at 10.2% but the creation of jobs does not seem to be a top priority for the government.
In recent weeks most analysts and economists agreed that the recession has bottomed out and the trajectory for the economy should be upwards. Although the recovery may be shallow and slow for the next few years.
The problem is that job creation seems to be lost with all the exuberance that the recession has come to an end.
While the top priority at the Federal, State and Local level should be the creation of jobs attention seems to be drifting away.
In his latest column in the NYT, Paul Krugman points out that “If you’re looking for a job right now, your prospects are terrible. There are six times as many Americans seeking work as there are job openings, and the average duration of unemployment — the time the average job-seeker has spent looking for work — ..continue reading