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IronLionZion

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Hometown: PA
Home country: USA
Current location: DC
Member since: Mon Nov 10, 2003, 07:36 PM
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About Me

If an H-1b has an American accent, they are probably not an H-1b. It's race, not citizenship. Americans are more diverse than you think. Millions of US citizens don't look the way you might expect. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.

Journal Archives

There are midnight fireworks in the Capitol Hill area

If anyone is around now. I can see it from my window. Must be people celebrating the SC rulings.

Arkansas certifies trigger law, officially banning abortions in the state

Recruiter Reveals Why Companies Don't Hire The Best Candidate For The Job

Recruiter Reveals Why Companies Don’t Hire The Best Candidate For The Job And What Job Interviews Are Really About

https://www.boredpanda.com/recruiter-shares-companies-dont-hire-best-candidate-tiktok-rulewithruna/

A job interview is a unique event that combines both captain obvious and utter mystery. While every job seeker knows they have to show their best, it’s still largely unclear what each position really needs and what the company is looking for. No wonder so many job interviews feel like a lottery, unless you really screw up. In that case, the game is over.

But Runa Jiang, career coach and TikToker who often shares useful job tips on her account, explained how our understanding about what job interviews are for couldn’t be further from the truth. “Did you really think that the companies try to hire the best, most qualified candidates?” Jiang asks in one of her videos. Duh! Of course we do!

“Well, they don’t,” Jiang states, debunking everything we thought we knew about job interviews and sending a wave of disbelief on the internet before adding: “and I can let you know why.”

Scroll down for her eye-opening explanation of what recruiters are really looking for in candidates, and it may well change your tactics for the next interview.

The career coach and TikToker Runa Jiang claims that companies don’t actually need the best candidates, sending shockwaves online, but rather they look for people who are the least risky


Click the link to watch the videos.

I can confirm that the worst companies want people who are desperate and subservient with no other options. My people (Indian, computers not casino) have that reputation. European colonizers have sent us across the world to do jobs the locals won't do before the US has even existed as a country. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

And it always shocks them when I don't fit the stereotype of people who look like me. I currently work at a job that values people who are assertive, confident, and unapologetically *AMERICAN* of diverse ethnic backgrounds. Whereas other jobs would have fired me by now because they just want a token US citizen to do things US citizens won't do.

So if you're job hunting, consider making an appointment at a tanning salon and tone down your American-ness.

Oil refineries are making a windfall. Why do they keep closing?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2022/06/20/refineries-profit-gas-prices/

Companies see only headaches on the horizon for refineries, undercutting the White House push to boost production



PHILADELPHIA — As the energy crunch drives record profits at American oil refineries, the owners of what had been the largest such facility in the Northeast have no regrets about tearing the place down.

Hilco Redevelopment Partners has been hauling out 950 miles of pipe from the former Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery, abandoning the property’s 150-year history of processing crude oil into fuel in this city. The firm is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to convert the 1,300-acre site along the Schuylkill River into a green, high-tech campus for e-commerce and life sciences companies.

“I don’t even know how to operate a refinery,” said Roberto Perez, chief executive of Hilco, which bought the property in a bankruptcy auction in 2020, a year after a massive explosion at the refinery rattled the city. “It’s not what we do.”

Oil refineries across the country are being retired and converted to other uses as owners balk at making costly upgrades and America’s pivot away from fossil fuels leaves their future uncertain. The downsizing comes despite painfully high gasoline prices and as demand globally ramps up amid sanctions on gasoline and diesel produced in Russia, the third-biggest petroleum refiner in the world, behind the United States and China.

Five refineries have shut down in the United States in just the past two years, reducing the nation’s refining capacity by about 5 percent and eliminating more than 1 million barrels of fuel per day from the market, leaving the remaining facilities straining to meet demand. Yet even at this lucrative moment for what’s left of the refining industry, a White House desperate to bring down gas prices is having little success persuading owners to expand operations, and more closures are imminent.


So maybe drilling isn't the problem. GOP keeps saying Biden won't let them drill.

Violence erupts at Juneteenth celebration in DC l GMA

Emma Thompson wants us to like our bodies. She knows it's hard.

In the Hulu movie “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande,” Thompson plays a middle-aged woman who finds self-fulfillment with the help of an enlightened sex worker.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/movies/2022/06/17/emma-thompson-interview-leo-grande/



“Everyone just looked angry,” says Emma Thompson, grimacing and gritting her teeth. She’s describing the movies featuring sex scenes that she watched as a teenager. “Everyone looked just sort of cross, and just sort of enraged by the whole thing,” she continued. “I just thought, ‘Is that what sex is supposed to be like? I don’t understand.’ Good grief, we have a long way to go.”

Thompson considers her new movie, “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande,” at least “a step in the [right] direction.” She plays Nancy Stokes, a widow and retired teacher who hires a sex worker named Leo Grande (newcomer Daryl McCormack) to help break her out of a lifetime of sexual repression. Over the course of four meetings in an anonymous-looking hotel room, the two embark on an unlikely ally-ship, with Nancy eventually discovering, like Dorothy in Oz, that when it comes to fulfillment — sexual or otherwise — there’s no place like home.

Screenwriter Katy Brand wrote “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” at the beginning of the pandemic, inspired in part by “this notion of why we feel so guilty and ashamed of pursuing our own pleasure when it doesn’t hurt anyone.” Aware that as women age, they continue to put other people first, she continues, “Why do we temper [desire], why do we put it aside or put it last all the time, and feel bad if we put it up the priority list for even a minute?”

Brand, who lives in Germany, where sex work is legal, was also fascinated by people in the profession who approach it as a vocation. “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande,” she says, is the product of her curiosity about “what happens when you bring those two things together.”




I haven't seen it yet but it's streaming on Hulu. I thought it was interesting since DUers have been discussing sex work recently because of a current congressperson.

Marjorie Taylor Greene Blames Men For Tampon Shortage



Mental illness is a major problem among elected Republican politicians.

Senators strike bipartisan gun deal, heralding potential breakthrough

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/06/12/senate-gun-deal-framework/



While substantially weaker than the assault weapons ban, high-capacity ammunition magazine restrictions and broad background check expansions that most Democrats support, the gun provisions set out in the framework could, if enacted, represent the most significant new federal firearms restrictions enacted since the mid-1990s.

Under the tentative deal, a federal grant program would encourage states to establish “red flag” laws that allow authorities to keep guns away from people found by a judge to represent a potential threat to themselves or others, while federal criminal background checks for gun buyers under 21 would include a mandatory search of juvenile justice records for the first time.

It does not include a provision supported by President Biden, congressional Democrats and a handful of Republicans that would raise the minimum age for the purchase of at least some rifles from 18 to 21. Handguns are already subject to a federal 21-and-over age limit.

Other provisions could funnel billions of new federal dollars into mental health care and into school security programs, funding new campus infrastructure and armed officers. Several senators last week said they expected one cornerstone of the deal would be legislation sponsored by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) to establish a nationwide network of “community behavioral health clinics.”


Something is better than nothing.

Watch: Thousands rally against gun violence at March for Our Lives protest in Washington, DC

Anyone going to March for our lives?

Washington Monument at noon today. It's raining so it might be wet and wild. When I went in 2018 it wasn't a march. It was people giving speeches and sharing their stories.

https://marchforourlives.com/march22/
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