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My Mother, Corporatist Tool

Text conversation with my mother yesterday and today:

Mom:

Companies make decisions to interview or not for many reasons, and being over-qualified is simply one of them.

It is a completely invalid and unethical one, and demonstrative of how my homelessness cannot rationally be considered my fault.

In the four years I have been homeless, every attempt to blame my homelessness on me has been illogical, irrational, and easily refuted with evidence.

It’s lazy hr to refuse to interview someone on grounds of overqualification.

Mom:

To HR, an over-qualified employee would probably feel frustrated and would continue to seek other possibilities. Your homelessness is of major concern to you but not to HR. Try putting yourself in their condition, and you will understand.

My homelessness is absolutely and entirely the result of such a mentality. If a person shows up ready, willing, and able to do a job, rejecting them on grounds of overqualification is a lame excuse, and evil during periods of high unemployment. The fact that you allow a corporation any excuse in the book but not and individual shows you to have a vile double standard.

“An over-qualified employee would probably feel frustrated and would continue to seek other possibilities???” Because people unemployed and in poverty are happier than the unemployed. A totally idiotic ASSumption. My homelessness is entirely the result of others’ stupidity and greed, including yours. That mentality is causing the homeless rate to skyrocket, which leads stupid people to assume, sans scientific evidence, that mental illness is skyrocketing because they would rather blame the victim than admit that capitalism is failing the majority to benefit the few.

If you consider overqualiifcation a valid reason not to hire, but abnormal pain and an unlivable wage ‘lame excuses’ to not work, you really need your head examined. You remind me of the nimby people in Queens protesting a ‘hobo’ shelter in their neighborhood whose residents were families in which the parents worked in food service.

My homelessness is entirely the fault of others–corporate greed and people like you who are happy to make excuses for it.

Mom:

I made NO excuse. I simply gave you a valid reason why HR was being responsible to their company. Their job is to hire the best candidate to fit the open position. It is unfortunate you are unable to comprehend that. You have opened yourself to scrutiny with your blog. If it is anything like what you just wrote to me, you would be a poor candidate for employment because of your negativity, false assumptions, and attacking words. Good luck finding a job with that attitude.

What you call a ‘valid reason,’ a rational person calls an excuse, and vice versa. Suffering in silence did not help me when my inheritance ebbed away to eviction in 2008-11. Now I take a stand and fight the evil with my words, it’s a ‘bad attitude.’ Your ‘valid reason’ is a bad attitude to a rational person. I’m guessing you’ve shifted your support to the corporatist tool, Hillary, since ‘birds of a feather.’

But suffering in silence ‘has to’ be a better strategy.

Belief in the notion that you defended logically requires belief that poverty is preferable to underemployment, a belief that has led to institutionalized abuse including slavery and workfare. That’s not negativity. That’s a fact. In a time of high employment, beliefs like that are a declaration of war on the unemployed. It is my duty to crush those beliefs with correctives.

I then e-mailed her my review of Moshe Adler’s Economics for the Rest of Us to show her an economist who agrees with my views:

https://scottandrewhutchins.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/book-review-economics-for-the-rest-of-us-debunking-the-science-that-makes-life-dismal-by-moshe-adler/

I am reminded of Ajamu Baraka providing a clear explanation (about 11:30) of why he called Barack Obama an Uncle Tom, and a lot of hemming and hawing in the press about he was wrong that did not address the points of his argument.

Ain’t That America… — RELATING TO HUMANS

America, Americana, photography, Baltimore, food, diners, kitschy, collectibles, Ain’t That America

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A Smoking Gun Example of Why My Homelessness is Entirely the Fault of Others

Job posting:

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Provides department assistance in the execution of administrative functions in the respective area managed.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

Collects data and prepares reports
Routes documents according to instructions for appropriate review, correction or signature.
Coordinate travel arrangements and/or arrange meetings.
Maintains an organized filing system for department records.
Ensures that both incoming and outgoing correspondence is distributed timely and accurately.
Support with receptionist coverage
Provides administrative, clerical and organizational support: data entry/word processing as required.
Acts as liaison between other departments in researching questions accurately and expediently.
Practices good judgment, discretion and confidentiality of sensitive information regarding department activities.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE/SKILLS:

A high school diploma or GED;
1-2 years in an Administrative Assistant role preferred
Ability to use standard office equipment, including computer input and output devices.
Knowledge of Microsoft Excel a plus
Communicates effectively both orally and in writing.
Organizes, plan and perform assigned duties with minimal supervision.
Desire and willingness to learn.

Response (to my application–I was never interviewed):

Hi Scott Andre Hutchins,

Thanks for your interest in the Assistant – C-Level position at Mediacom. We have reviewed your application. Unfortunately, you are not the right fit for the position at this time.

I am sorry for the disappointing news. Best of luck in your job search.

Sincerely,
June Appell

Unfortunately, I realize going up against Mediacom directly would set them up for a lawsuit and thus result in no response, but this is a perfect example of being told that I am overqualified, without explicit use of the word, since it certainly cannot be reasonably argued, particularly on paper, that I lack any one of the qualities demanded in the advertisement.

Because, as I said, I was not interviewed for the position, so they could not have ruled me out based on gut reaction to my personal demeanor or how I answered interview questions, the only possibilities other than ruling me out due to over qualification are the following:

a) June Appell or her supervisor(s) at Mediacom lied or committed key details about the requirements of the position.

b) June Appell or her supervisor(s) at Mediacom failed to comprehend my resume (entirely possible, considering that my name was misspelled in the salutation).

c) June Appell or her supervisor(s) at Mediacom decided, based on zero evidence, that I was lying about the content of my resume, thus causing her or her supervisor to concoct the lie that I am not a fit for the position.

Someone of June Appell’s dishonesty should be forced to experience homeless and threats with loss of personal property as I receive on a daily basis as my case manager demands that I downsize my storage to a less expensive unit, because, living at the public expense, I apparently no longer have my fifth amendment right to property, even though no due process has occurred for it to be taken away. I have an absolute right as an American citizen to spend my income, whether from work or from unemployment insurance, on a storage unit, even if it does cost $295 per month (taxes and fees included) for a 10 x 15 space. That others can lie with such callousness is certainly far more worthy of punishment than taking four hours to return a phone call on my day off, the incident that resulted in my own homelessness.

I have been waiting for a very long time to catch an employer red-handed at this behavior that I have long suspected was happening. June Appell amd Mediacom made the mistake of having the courtesy to respond with a no, the foolishness to claim that I was not a match for the job, rather than saying the position had been filled or some such, and not only doing so before the posting was taken down, but on the very same day I applied. I keep mentioning June Appell and Mediacom not out of a personal grudge but for the sake of search engine optimization. I want this blog entry to come up high in searches for them so that people know how unethical their behavior is, my homelessness and physical disability trebling the enormity of their behavior. I am thankful the Trans-Pacific Partnership has not passed, which could squelch my legal right to draw attention to their evil behavior, in spite of it being my right under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Evil delivered politely is perhaps the worst kind.

This is yet another example of how my homelessness is entirely the result of others’ choices, as well as others’ lies.

You Can Keep Your Tiny House

No chance in hell I’d want to live in a tiny house. Almost as bad as living in a homeless shelter, but at least that is paid for through the taxes I pay when I have a job, and not out of pocket.

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Another Example of Why My Homelessness Is Entirely the Fault of Others

Empty Homes Outnumber The Homeless 6 To 1, So Why Not Give Them Homes?

http://m.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/more_vacant_homes_than_homeless_in_us_20111231

In the U.S., more than 3.5 million people experience homelessness each year. 35% of the homeless population are families with children, which is the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. 23% are U.S. military veterans. It is worth noting that, at the same time, there are 18.6 million vacant homes in the country.

Burn Me Thrice, Shame on You — VoVatia

It’s known that there are two distinct groups of gods in Norse mythology as it’s come down to the modern day, the Aesir and the Vanir. That is, if you don’t count the giants, elves, and dwarves, who also frequently have supernatural powers and are related to the two main communities of deities. While there […]

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Everything is fucked: The syllabus

The Hardest Science

PSY 607: Everything is Fucked
Prof. Sanjay Srivastava
Class meetings: Mondays 9:00 – 10:50 in 257 Straub
Office hours: Held on Twitter at your convenience (@hardsci)

In a much-discussed article at Slate, social psychologist Michael Inzlicht told a reporter, “Meta-analyses are fucked” (Engber, 2016). What does it mean, in science, for something to be fucked? Fucked needs to mean more than that something is complicated or must be undertaken with thought and care, as that would be trivially true of everything in science. In this class we will go a step further and say that something is fucked if it presents hard conceptual challenges to which implementable, real-world solutions for working scientists are either not available or routinely ignored in practice.

The format of this seminar is as follows: Each week we will read and discuss 1-2 papers that raise the question of whether something is fucked. Our focus…

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