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Indiana Employment Data now available

From Indiana Department of Workforce Development today in email:

March Indiana County, City
& MSA Employment Report

INDIANAPOLIS (April 23, 2018) – Links to March 2018 employment data for Indiana counties, cities and MSA’s are listed below:

Employment Report (LAUS)
Labor Force Estimates for U.S., Indiana, MSAs, Counties, Cities

Ranking of Indiana Counties by Unemployment Rate
Indiana County Map with Unemployment Rates

Jobs Report (CES)
Seasonally-Adjusted Employment Table for Indiana
Non-Seasonally-Adjusted Employment Table for Indiana

Detail Employment Listing – Statewide & MSAs

EDITOR’S NOTE: Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), sub-state level data are not seasonally adjusted due to sample size. For example, over the course of a year, the size of the labor force, employment and unemployment levels, and other measures of labor market undergo fluctuations due to seasonal events including changes in weather, harvests, major holidays, and school schedules. Therefore, for more accurate comparisons, data should be compared to the same month from prior years, not the previous month, as to better account for non-economic factors.

The April 2018 Indiana Employment Report will be released on Friday, May 18, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) and the April 2018 Indiana County, City and MSA Employment Report will be released on Monday, May 21, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. (EDT).


Indiana AG files brief to dismiss California money grab

Not content with destroying itself, California attacks the remaining States

The historic political progression – rather decay and decomposition – is generally as follows:

1) people, persecuted for generations by self serving, arbitrary, violent dictators, arise in violent protest, at the vast expense of human life, and over impossible odds win a massive civil war to obtain their freedom by deposing the dictator;

2) the new nation establishes itself as a Constitutional Republic with a capitalist economy – if you work you eat;

3) some people find a way to exploit the kindness and humanitarian philosophies of the nation to eat without working, others see the easy lifestyle without needing to work and decide they want that also.

4) Eventually people forget the horrific price in blood paid for their liberty and the national philosophy changes to Socialism with the excuse of helping those less fortunate than the working people;  mooching instead of working becomes a profession. The number of non-working people grows to 20% of the population and this segment violently demands more and more “benefits”, interferes in the election process to insure those who will accomodate their “benefits” are elected even though they can not win an election without fraud, corruption is rewarded instead of punished, and the national political nature becomes Socialism; the people are disarmed by the government to “protect them” by arbitrary government military force. Criminals are the only ones with any political power remaining as they remain armed.

5) Socialism eventually fails due to lack of anyone willing to work so everyone else can have everything for free without working, riots ensue, and a “Central Planning Committee” is designated to grab what resources remain to the few who worked and re-distribute those resources to all the many people who refuse to work, which perpetuates The Committee’s own importance: corruption takes over in every area of government as the armed criminals control most areas of life and totally control government, often by assassination. Dissidents are individually imprisoned or executed to silence them.

6) Communism is established as the national political position promising cleansing from corruption and a more equitable distribution of any remaining worker’s possessions. Personal ownership of anything is banned. The people must “serve the purposes of the State” or be euthanized “for their own good”, which includes most of the people who facilitated transition to Socialism being executed for not serving the purposes of the State – the State they created kills them as they are dead weight. The corruption levels increase instead of decrease and all who oppose are rounded up and executed.

7) A Dictator arises and promises a better life and liberty but uses extreme oppression and violence to silence all who do not wholeheartedly endorse the new Leader. Once the Leader is in power all personal freedoms are abolished. Extreme poverty and repressive violence bind all but the few who the Dictator favors. There are mass purges killing large segments of the population because they “might” disagree with the Dictator.

8) The people, persecuted for generations by self serving, arbitrary, violent dictators, arise in violent protest, at the vast expense of human life, and over impossible odds win a massive war to obtain their freedom by deposing the dictator; they form a Constitutional Republic with a Capitalist economy.

The State of California has engaged in destructive Socialist policies for some years, diverting money from every legitimate need to instead support non-working or very low wage illegal aliens and other professional indigents who will vote illegally to sustain the Socialist Democrat Party control of the State to the hurt of the working people in California. The situation is growing worse as neglect of critical infrastructure results in catastrophic failure of roads, bridges, and reservoirs and much property damage, radically high taxes, and massive corruption.

The problem with Socialism, according to Margaret Thatcher, is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money. California has run out of money, people are fleeing the State, and California is now trying to raid working companies in other States to grab more money – because all of theirs is gone. Indiana is joined  by Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming to stop this abuse as a matter of self defense: California’s insanity has destroyed their own State and now they want to destroy ours to get more money and continue their clearly destructive Socialist policies.

Rome did not die because of attacks from outside but because of corruption inside. America should not become the next Rome. We encourage the Court to carefully consider the Amicus Brief filed by Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill and others, and rule against California’s illegal demand that other States die for California’s irresponsible fiscal policy.

-jdn-


AG Curtis Hill leads 15-state coalition seeking dismissal of lawsuit against energy and manufacturing companies

Attorney General Curtis Hill announced today that Indiana is leading a 15-state coalition in support of a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland against various energy and manufacturing companies. Indiana is joined by Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming in the amicus brief.

Attorney General Hill issued the following statement regarding the matter:

“California localities cannot dictate national energy policy or curb economic activity that occurs outside California. Unfortunately, we have seen a trend of certain states drifting farther and farther away from real America. This is just the most recent example.

“We will let our amicus brief speak for itself at the courthouse. However, this matter should be dismissed because the suit filed by California municipalities is not about the law; rather, it is about circumventing separations of power and using California judges as the arbiters of national energy policy. New York City and various Colorado municipalities have filed copycat actions.

“While today California cities sue energy manufacturers to make up for massive deficits, tomorrow we could see suits against other job creators.

“Our amicus brief should send a loud message that the rest of the nation will not stand idle while California tries to become its own regulatory empire.”

Attached, see the amicus brief filed April 19.

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Be sure you are registered to vote

Indiana voters web page on IN.GOV

Primary Election is MAY 8, 2018. You must be registered by 29 days prior to the election (April 9, 2018) to be allowed to vote.

Before the last election (Nov 2016) several thousand Hoosiers were denied their right to vote because a 3rd party had illegally altered Republican (only Republican) voter registration information to change their name, address, or other information in an effort to prevent Republicans from voting. CHECK YOUR STATUS.

Use the OFFICIAL INDIANA web site, https://indianavoters.in.gov, not knockoffs that could be run by groups intending to alter your registration information instead of registering you! It is free, fast, easy – USE THE OFFICIAL STATE OF INDIANA SITE: not any other! Official GOVerment web sites always have a domain ending with .GOV! .com, .org, .biz, .me, are NOT official government sites!

Register to vote. Primaries are almost here. https://indianavoters.in.gov/

From the OFFICIAL INDIANA web site:

ELECTION ALERT
IMPORTANT NOTICE: ONLY the version of the state voter registration form (VRG-7) and the county voter registration form (VRG-11) published on this website (or earlier revisions of these state forms approved since September 2013) will be accepted by county voter registration offices. Older versions of the VRG-7 or VRG-11 will NOT be accepted for processing. Federal voter registration forms may continue to be used.


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IT News Blurbs This Week

Here are a few news items from the many email newsletters I get each week that seem interesting, for one reason or another, and their source if you would like to read further.

You DST Me! (But do I even care?)

For many, the spring session of the bi-annual nonsense of changing clocks for Daylight “Savings” Time is this Sunday, March 13.  Apparently, the State of Arizona in the United States does NOT follow “Daylight Saving Time” at all. Indiana also used to follow this policy of consistency and reliability over the spring and fall rituals of racing about the house changing clocks forward or back one hour supposedly so that business in the State (and jobs for normal working class Hoosiers) is increased because we are on the same time as New York and other States who don’t give a gnat’s behind about us. I have never seen any legitimate, evidence based, statistical proof (such as lower unemployment) that this spring and fall nonsense has brought one more job to Indiana, none-the-less the issue plagued our Legislature for years until finally we were condemned to the same ritual other less sensible States follow, most likely on the basis of shouting, golf game buddies, and too many glasses of premium beer.

Apparently, today Arizona now stands tall and alone as The State emotionally mature enough to resist the need to be like everybody else because an unsubstantiated rumor says they should switch to the insanity called Daylight Savings Time. But has it mattered? Does Arizona hurt in any way because they don’t bother racing around their State, like a Jack Russel Terror on too much espresso barking at the door bell, changing every microwave, VCR, stove, and beeping vacuum cleaner robot’s clocks in their State twice a year? Is it Spring Back, Fall Forward; or Spring Forward, Fall Back? You can’t remember either? Mayby it’s two steps back for every one forward….

However, this article in Network World discusses the impact of Daylight Savings Time on the IT industry in Arizona. The article quotes Network World Test Alliance partner Joel Snyder, who lives in Arizona, and is a senior partner at Tucson-based consulting firm Opus One:

Arizona doesn’t participate (in DST) because it doesn’t make sense.

Actually, it’s not clear to me that DST makes sense anymore in any context, but certainly the original idea was to save energy by shifting schedules to increase the amount of daylight that people had.

Well, in Arizona, as I like to say when answering this question, we already have plenty of daylight.

He continues on later

From a technical point of view, generally, it’s not a problem. In fact, before the era of NTP, I used to watch with great amusement as my colleagues all around the U.S. had to be up at 2 in the morning to switch their clocks one way or the other twice a year. In some companies it was a very big deal; I used to work for CompuServe and they billed by the second (actually they billed by the jiffy, but that’s a different story) and if you lost an hour of time — or accidentally charged a customer for an hour when they’d used a second — that was a big deal.

I notice from his comments that Daylight “Savings” Time has apparently always created hassles for business, not simplified things. Anytime you must pay employees to sit up at 2:00 AM just to change clocks so customers do not get miss-billed, that must be expensive. Anytime you must deal with mad customers because they did get miss-billed due to the DST change, or their misunderstanding of it, that has also got to be expensive — maybe even costing the State jobs instead of helping. He also mentions that early PDAs had some quality control to them and tended to get DST correct, but mobile devices these days lack much pride in workmanship, even so far as selling a device that costs $20 to make for $600 and can’t even multi-task or run flash, or selling a device where the antenna is exposed and stops working whenever a person holds it to make a phone call. More often than not these devices do not even get DST right — he says that even Microsoft Outlook still doesn’t do DST properly.

It seems to me we that we did the world no favors by switching to DST: we should have stood with Arizona as an example for the rest of the world to see that the concept of DST was outdated and that people everywhere are sophisticated enough today to understand it is a different time in London or New York or Tokyo than it is in Indianapolis. We would have stayed a technological leader in that case, being on the cutting edge of the wave of future policy, and it would have been far easier on the technology and require much less trouble for businesses and citizens.

You watch it: it watches you

Cable and Satellite TV content companies have been using their customer’s TV’s to observe their customers, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal By Jessica E. Vascellaro. The article is at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704288304576171251689944350.html.

Data firms and technology companies are using TV watchers’ personal data to help sell targeted ads, Jessica Vascellaro reports. We discuss how cable and satellite co’s are mining this data, how they’re using it to stay ahead in the age of the Internet – and how you can opt out of being tracked.

Data-gathering firms and technology companies are aggressively matching people’s TV-viewing behavior with other personal data—in some cases, prescription-drug records obtained from insurers—and using it to help advertisers buy ads targeted to shows watched by certain kinds of people.

Now that’s not actually surprising, but it is disturbing. They get into your medical records to target ads on your TV. On computer we expect this kind of thing — some of us even put little covers on our webcams to prevent clandestine use without our consent, but outside of some wacked out sci-fi book, who would imagine their TV doing the same thing?

This new wave in monitoring Americans is driven, in part, by fear: The TV industry is moving quickly lest it lose ground to Internet advertising companies, which have found they can charge a premium for online ads that target individual people based on their specific interests.

In a rallying cry last month at a TV ad-targeting conference hosted by Broadcasting & Cable, one keynote speaker cited the space race of a half-century ago: “This is our Sputnik moment,” said Tracey Scheppach, senior vice president at Starcom MediaVest Group, a unit of advertising firm Publicis Groupe SA.

Visible World’s founder, Seth Haberman, says his company doesn’t know the names or personally identifying information about the people sitting in front of a given set-top box.

You mean they really do have a camera in those things that is literally recording video of you watching TV in your own “private” home?!!!!!
There is more information in the article than you wanted to know — including some examples of companies, such as the US Army, which have used this technique for their profit, and a side bar with instructions on how to “opt out” of being spied upon. It didn’t mention if they used a little camera in the TV to record what you and your spouse do after the popcorn runs out — in the future there could be a TV channel with content solely based upon ‘real people’ with a continuous slide show of pictures taken of people falling asleep with drool running out one side of their mouths. I agree with Haberman’s last comment in the WSJ article: “It is a little spookie.'”

I guess former FBI head and cross dresser  J. Edgar Hoover really is finally getting his request: now there really is a TV camera in almost every bedroom. Now that’s just creepy.

Perk Up

If you are interested in the perks CEOs get, there is a slideshow at http://www.networkworld.com/slideshows/2011/030911-ceo-perks.html.

Stupid Americans! Ha! Ha!

A Baseline Magazine article by Jennifer Lawinski has a slideshow on the techniques used by cyber criminals to manipulate Americans. It is at http://www.baselinemag.com/c/a/Features/Seven-Human-Weaknesses-That-Cyber-Criminals-Exploit-876389. Basically they use our cultural instinct to help others to rob us, or try using greed or sex as traps.

Successful cybercrime often depends on the kindness of others – trusting souls who believe that Facebook message , LinkedIn request or Tweet they received is on the up-and-up. Understanding this vulnerability to social networking platforms is an IT imperative; nice people like your colleagues are easy pickings for cybercriminals

The show is quick, and merciful.

Business Skills from On-Line Gaming

Another article from baseline Magazine by Dennis McCafferty shows which computer gaming skills provide an advantage in business. The article is http://www.baselinemag.com/c/a/Intelligence/Eight-Gaming-Skills-That-Pay-the-Bills-383334.

Do you think of hours spent playing Call of Duty as professional development time? It’s not such a stretch. Gaming culture helps people thrive in a corporate environment, according to Aaron Dignan, founder of Undercurrent, a digital strategy firm. Games stress peak learning conditions and focused achievement, allowing participants to sharpen professional skills and discover untapped strengths.

It is only eight (8) slide long, but food for thought. And with that idea in mind, I should be off to test his theory with a bit of LOTRO.